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Premarital romantic partnerships among youth in India and intimate partner violence: filling the knowledge gaps

Mittermeier, Carey (2014) Premarital romantic partnerships among youth in India and intimate partner violence: filling the knowledge gaps. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a worldwide phenomenon with significant public health relevance for both married and unmarried individuals. The focus of IPV research in India is on married women, a significant proportion of who cite having experienced IPV. Though adolescents engaging in dating relationships face many of the same risk factors for violence that married women face, literature from diverse populations is limited. This review sought to assess the current literature related to premarital romantic partnerships and/or sexual activity among youth in India to determine gaps in knowledge related to intimate partner violence.

Utilizing various combinations of search terms, a final sample of 13 articles was compiled based on predetermined inclusion and exclusion criteria. The final sample of articles was reviewed for content related to attitudes and behaviors of adolescents regarding premarital romantic partnerships and/or sexual activity.

The literature suggests that youth in India are engaging in premarital romantic partnerships and/or sexual activity despite conservative social norms that discourage interaction with the opposite sex outside of marriage. However, violence among youth in India, particularly within their premarital relationships, is currently an understudied phenomenon.

There is reason to believe that adolescents engaging in premarital romantic partnerships and/or sexual activity in India are facing IPV within these relationships. As the current literature does not address this issue, future work must make an effort to assess the occurrence and correlates of violence within these relationships to best meet the needs of Indian youth and encourage the formation of healthy relationships.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mittermeier, Careyclm141@pitt.eduCLM141
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorBurke, Jessicajgburke@pitt.eduJGBURKE
Committee MemberTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRY
Committee MemberFinkel, Mugemfinkel@pitt.eduMFINKEL
Date: 27 June 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 21 March 2014
Approval Date: 27 June 2014
Submission Date: 31 March 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 53
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: IPV, youth, India, premarital romantic partnerships
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2014 22:23
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:18


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