Thai female adolescents' perceptions of dating violence
This recent study in the journal Health Care for Women International suggests a helpful process for developing violence against women prevention efforts. With over 30 years of the violence against women movement we should continue to reexamine what is needed today to prevent abuse.
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Thai female adolescents’ perceptions of dating violence.
Thongpriwan V, McElmurry BJ. Health Care for Women International 2009; 30(10): 871-91.
(Copyright © 2009, Taylor and Francis Group)
We explored how Thai female adolescents describe the meaning and context of dating violence. Twenty-four students, aged 15-17, were purposively recruited from a secondary school in Bangkok for individually audio-taped interviews. The interviews lasted 45- 70 minutes. ATLAS ti 5.2 was selected for content analysis. Five themes emerged, including characteristics of adolescent romantic relationships, influences on adolescent romantic relationships, perceptions of dating violence, cycle of dating-violence experiences, and influences on adolescents’ perceptions of dating violence. The findings indicate a foundation for developing culturally sensitive programs for dating-violence prevention among Thai adolescents.