Charlotte Ofori, Regional Institute for Population Studies, Univeristy of Ghana
Francis Dodoo, Pennsylvania State University
Naa Dodua Dodoo, University of Ghana
Adriana A. Biney, University of Ghana
Male-perpetrated intimate-partner violence is a major public health concern globally. Differential power-dynamics associated with violence against women have deepened not only by socio-economic advantages, but also the cultural-context within which unions are arranged could increase men’s use of violence. In sub-Saharan Africa where marriage is widespread, bridewealth is exchanged to legitimize marriages, maintain kinship ties and ensure marital-stability. Overtime, bridewealth-payment has been linked with the use of violence against women. Using the Bridewealth-Payment and Normative Constraints on Women’s Lives Study conducted in Ghana, we examine if there is an association between bridewealth-payment and men’s self-reported intimate-partner violence perpetration. Results suggest that bridewealth payment is significantly associated with perpetrating physical abuse against female-intimate-partners. Age, education, religion, ethnicity and other personal-history characteristics were significant predictors of violence. If research in the sub-region seeks to induce change, and reduce the high prevalence of male-perpetrated violence against women, cultural-context and practices must be emphasized.