A cross-cultural investigation of emotional abuse in Caribbean women and Caribbean-Canadian women

Alisha Ali, Brenda B. Toner

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Abstract

This study investigated emotional abuse in two samples of women: an immigrant sample of Caribbean-Canadian women, and a sample of women living in the Caribbean. Using a semi-structured interview methodology, it was found that the two samples did not differ in the percentage of participants reporting emotional abuse. However, the following two differences did emerge: (1) the Caribbean-Canadian women reported more emotional abuse in the workplace while the Caribbean women reported more emotional abuse in intimate relationships; and (2) the Caribbean-Canadian women were more likely to cite the cause of their emotional abuse as being systemic in nature while the Caribbean women were more likely to cite an individual as the cause of their abuse. These differences demonstrate the importance of considering cross-cultural influences on the experience of emotional abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-140
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Emotional Abuse
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Cross-cultural research
  • Immigrant women
  • Partner abuse
  • Semi-structured interviewing
  • Workplace abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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