This horrified me.
The 11 and 12-year-olds were questioned in depth about their attitudes and aspirations towards gender roles and behaviour.
They were asked to consider whether or not a man was justified in punching his partner when he found out she had had an affair.
Nearly all of the children thought that the woman deserved to be hit.
In another scenario, about 80% of the children said a man had cause to slap his partner because she did not have the dinner ready on time.
I hope that perhaps there’s some ambiguity or misunderstanding responsible for these results. The following suggests there might be, since I don’t know how you could not agree with violence and yet say the things above:
[The lead researcher] said: “The children didn’t agree with violence, but gave reasons to try to justify it if the woman had done something ‘wrong’.
The study also showed quite strong gendered expectations, including this one:
One of the girls said: “I want to be a dancer or a doctor.”
But she added: “When I grow up I’m going to have two babies and work part-time in the shop down the road.”