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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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ALVES, Sandra Lúcia Belo  and  DINIZ, Normélia Maria Freire. I say no, she says yes: matrimonial violence according to male speech. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2005, vol.58, n.4, pp. 387-392. ISSN 1984-0446.

This study aims to analize the violence between couples from the man's point of view. We adopted a qualitative methodology approach having as reference the Social Representation Theory. Ten adult men took part in the survey. They live in the Calafate community, in San Martin, Salvador-BA and had a relationship for at least 2 years. In order to collect the data, a semi-estructured interview was used. As a result, it was observed that the respondents agree directly with the process of men and women's socialization in order to define the way husband and wife behave in a relationship. This is an asymetric and hierarchical perspective, where the masculine tendencies are defined by the society, as well as the women's undefined social role. These two motives are pointed out as the explanation for the violence between couples.

Keywords : Marriage; Gender identity; Domestic violence.

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