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Understanding Sexual and Gender-Based Violence through an Adolescent Lens- Qualitative Findings from New Delhi, India

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posted on 2021-11-04, 17:20 authored by Pratishtha SinghPratishtha Singh
The present cross-sectional, qualitative study assesses perspectives, attitudes, and experiences of adolescents with SGBV. 19 students from Delhi, were recruited via snowball sampling and telephonically interviewed during April and May 2020. Three key themes emerged post analysis: (i) Introduction and reinforcement of a patriarchal structure (ii) Violence in teen dating (iii) Justice System. Findings of the study bring out adolescents’ experiences with everyday abuse, their perception towards reporting of SGBV, and a complex process of how this violence continues to remain an intricate part of their lives. The results of this study highlight an urgent need for adolescent-friendly health-promoting and gender-equitable interventions.




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Lead author country

  • India

Lead author job role

  • Postgraduate Student

Lead author institution

Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

All procedures in the study involving student participants were carried out in accordance with the ethical standards of the Institutional Ethical Committee of IIPH, Gandhinagar, Gujarat TRC-IEC No- 13/45/2019-20. Study participants were informed verbally about the study, as well as possible risks prior to data collection. Once detailed assent was obtained, only then the data was collected. Since the study involved minors, informed consent from parents was taken telephonically as well. Further, the students were told they could stop the interviews at any point, and skip any question which they weren’t comfortable with. Although names were asked for the interviews, once data transcription was completed, codes were given to each participant so that their identity remained masked. The interview recordings were anonymized and are stored on the researcher’s password-protected computer. High level of confidentiality has been ensured.

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