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The Objectives of Dobash and Dobash's work was to explain and describe domestic violence against women

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Sociology Research Report Section A Title: Violence against housewives. Author: R.E Dobash and R. Dobash Date of Publication: 1980 Publisher of Source: Open Books Section B The Objectives of Dobash and Dobash's work was to explain and describe domestic violence against women in modern society. The aims of Dobash and Dobash were to show how families can often be a violent group, illustrate how domestic violence can be about female subordination and male dominance. And demonstrate to the public something that they knew little about a 'hidden' problem. Dobash and Dobash's research method used informal interviews with victims of domestic violence but also the people who had worked with and helped the victims e.g. social workers. They used orienting questions on a variety of aspects such as socialisation into the use of violence. The sample size involved 109 interviews with women who were living in refuges for battered women in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The women were from both working and middle class backgrounds and averaged from 21-30 years old. ...read more.


You could repeat the method. However, it is only repeatable in the context of using trained researchers to revisit areas examined when they met these women previously. The aims required mainly qualitative data. So indepth interviews would be the most obvious choice to maximise the degree of valid data. Also, fully trained and qualified researchers who were skilled to probe in a gentle manner to access relevant information. This was helped by Dobash and Dobash living in the refuges with the battered women and it enabled them to obtain a valid picture outside the interviews too. Therefore, this further enabled Dobash and Dobash to form a detailed image of their experiences to supplement the impression informed via indepth interviews. The method chosen and data, was intended to represent specific localities, notably those in Scotland. Furthermore, to represent both young working class and middle class women but not ethnic minorities or other social gaps. ...read more.


Did the women feel obliged to take part not because they wanted to but because they felt they had to because the team were so nice? With this in mind it's easy to question the ethics behind their research. So reliability is questionable. Obviously the research method isn't totally repeatable because of the nature and the sensitivity of the research. And each victim has their own personal interpretation and experience of domestic violence. And, the subjectiveness approach that meant the team didn't compare the answers with those that their partners may have had given. Finally, their ability to obtain representative data. One serious drawback to their research is that a lot of domestic violence will go and still goes unreported. So what the police and refuges know about will unlikely be able to be a representative of the real extent of domestic violence and its effects on people. This is no fault of Dobash and Dobash but it means that their research lacks the ability to obtain representative data. ?? ?? ?? ?? Kate Williams Sociology Coursework 1 ...read more.

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