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Title: The social construction of concealment among Chinese women in abusive marriages in Hong Kong
Authors: Yuen-Tsang, A 
Sung, P 
Keywords: Abusive marriage
Concealment
Disclosure
Face
Social construction
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Source: Affilia - journal of women and social work, 2005, v. 20, no. 3, p. 284-299 How to cite?
Journal: Affilia - Journal of Women and Social Work 
Abstract: This article presents the findings of a qualitative study of 15 Chinese women in Hong Kong who experienced marital conflict and family violence. Adopting a narrative approach, the authors found that the women had gradually developed a culture of concealment through a process of social construction. Individual, environmental, and cultural factors had combined to develop and reinforce their tendency to conceal their situation and to remain silent. This culture of concealment was highly oppressive and had a negative impact on the women's personal, interpersonal, and social well-being. Social work strategies to break this pattern of behavior and to liberate the women from the culture of concealment are explored.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11340
ISSN: 0886-1099
DOI: 10.1177/0886109905277614
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