Changes and socioeconomic factors associated with attitudes towards domestic violence among Vietnamese women aged 15-9: Findings from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, 2006-2011

Oanh Thi Hoang Trinh, Juhwan Oh, Sugy Choi, Kien Gia To, Dung Van Do

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Background: Understanding factors associated with domestic violence-supportive attitudes among Vietnamese women is important for designing effective policies to prevent this behavior. Previous studies have largely overlooked risk factors associated with domestic violence-supportive attitudes by women in Vietnam. Objective: This paper explores and identifies socioeconomic factors that contribute to domestic violence-supportive attitudes amongVietnamesewomenusing data fromthe Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS). Design: Secondary data from two cross-sectional studies (MICS 3, 2006, and MICS 4, 2011) with representative samples (9,471 and 11,663 women, respectively) in Vietnam were analyzed. The prevalence of supportive attitudes toward domestic violence and associations with age, residence region, area, education level, household wealth index, ethnicity, and marital status were estimated using descriptive statistics and multivariate Poisson models, giving estimates of relative risk. Results: Overall, the prevalence of acceptance of domestic violence declined between 2006 and 2011 in Vietnam (65.1% vs. 36.1%). Socioeconomic factors associated with women's condoning of domestic violence were age, wealth, education level, and living area. In particular, younger age and low educational attainment were key factors associated with violence-supportive attitudes, and these associations have become stronger over time. Conclusion: Higher educational attainment in women is an important predictor of women's attitudes toward domestic violence. To date, Doi Moi and the Vietnamese government's commitment to the Millennium Development Goals may have positively contributed to lowering the acceptance of domestic violence. Tailored interventions that focus on education will be important in further changing attitudes toward domestic violence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29577
JournalGlobal Health Action
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Attitudes
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Prevalence
  • Socioeconomic factors
  • Vietnamese

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