Differentiating perceptions of intimate partner violence in Nepal

Perception of domestic violence is a frequently used indicator of women’s empowerment. It is, however, thought to be a binary variable, where women either justify wife beating or they do not.

by Annah K Bender, Nishesh Chalise, Annah K Bender

In the Nepal Demographic Health Survey, empowerment is ‘high’ if the woman answers no to one of five circumstances of wife beating.This study develops a Latent Class Analysis model to determine whether there are categories of women who endorsed some type of violence but not others. A more nuanced measure of perception of domestic violence would improve our understanding on women’s empowerment.

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