A Hypothesized Model of Korean Women's Responses to Abuse

Myunghan Choi, Jake Harwood

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Many abused married Korean women have a strong desire to leave their abusive husbands but remain in the abusive situations because of the strong influence of their sociocultural context. The article discusses Korean women's responses to spousal abuse in the context of patriarchal, cultural, and social exchange theory. Age, education, and income as component elements share common effects on the emergent variable, sociostructural power. Gender role attitudes, traditional family ideology, individualism/collectivism, marital satisfaction, and marital conflict predict psychological-relational power as a latent variable. Sociostructural, patriarchal, cultural, and social exchange theories are reconceptualized to generate the model of Korean women's responses to abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-216
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • abused married Korean women
  • responses to abuse
  • sociocultural context

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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