Mapping Perceptions of Violence Across Asian Regions and Countries

Yangjin Park, Jingyeong Song, Kathrine Sullivan, Seunghoon Paik

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Violence is increasing in Asia. However, limited research exists on the prevalence and types of violence across Asian regions and countries; a comprehensive study on a continental-scale in Asia has been understudied. Guided by the World Health Organization’s definition of violence, this study used World Values Survey Wave 7 (n = 35,435) to map the perceptions of the justifiability of three categories of violence (self-inflicted, interpersonal, collective) with five subtypes (suicide, intimate partner violence against wife, child abuse, violence toward other people, political violence) in six regions and 24 countries in Asia. Findings indicate that perceptions of the justifiability of violence are significantly different across regions in Asia. Perceptions of the justifiability of various types of violence differed across Asian countries. Considering the complexity and diversity of violence across Asian regions and countries, this study may be a cornerstone for violence research in Asia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-696
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Asian and African Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2023


  • Asia
  • Perceptions of violence
  • World Values Survey
  • child abuse
  • intimate partner violence
  • mapping violence
  • political violence
  • prevalence of violence
  • suicide
  • violence against others

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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