Examining Black And White Men's Willingness To Participate In Domestic Violence Prevention Activities
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ProgramDoctor of Public Health
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Domestic violence has a detrimental impact on the quality of life in the United States. Unfortunately, many still view domestic violence as a private issue affecting only women. To date, there has been limited research focusing on men's potential role in the prevention of domestic violence and factors that may predict their involvement. Aim: To achieve through a secondary analysis of Findings from Survey Research on Men (Peter D. Hart Research and Associates [PDHRA], 2000), a better understanding of prevention-based approaches to address domestic violence in efforts to inform public health practice. Methods: This study utilized cross-sectional data collected in a national telephone survey in 2000 using computer-aided-telephone-interviewing (CATI). Participants in the original study included 912 men of racial backgrounds, aged 18 years and older. This study was limited to a weighted sample of 784 of those men--91 black and 693 white. Univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses were used to describe the characteristics of this sample, determine the relationship between variables, and to identify predictors of men's willingness to participate in a select range of domestic violence prevention activities. Results and Findings: It was hypothesized that (a) race would be a significant predictor of men's willingness to participate in domestic violence prevention activities and that (b) race would remain a predictor when adjusting for other prevention and sociodemographic factors. Race was found to be a significant predictor of men's willingness to participate in three outcome activities (i.e., rally, organized effort, and talk with children). Race remained a predictor for rally and organized effort when adjusting for other factors of interest. Black and white men's prior knowledge/awareness of a domestic violence situation(s), barriers to participation and employment status were also predictors that influenced their participation for select variables. Public Health Implications: Findings from this study can inform public health practice, program development, and public awareness campaigns and aid in the targeting of resources that include men as key change agents.