Patterns and Dynamics of Sexual Violence among Married Adolescents in Zimbabwe

  • Gloria B Thupayagale-Tshweneagae University of South Africa
  • Kesiwe Phuthi University of South Africa
  • Olabisi Fatimo Ibitoye University of South Africa
Keywords: dynamics of married adolescents, patterns of sexual violence, sexual violence

Abstract

Getting married in adolescence is common in most parts of Africa. It has in many cases salient direct links with sexual violence among adolescents. Sexual violence and the vulnerabilities of adolescents have been reported in literature. However, the patterns and dynamics of sexual violence among married adolescents are not known or have not been fully studied. The purpose of this study was to explore the patterns and dynamics of sexual violence among married adolescents. A qualitative approach using in-depth interviews was used in the study. A total of 15 married adolescents were recruited through purposive snowball sampling in one rural district of Zimbabwe. Braun and Clarke’s six-step thematic analysis framework was used for data analysis. Three major themes emerged, namely sexual control, rape, and forced marriage. Each theme had three sub-themes. The study confirms what has already been reported in the literature that marriage at a young age has a correlation with sexual violence. There is therefore a need to strengthen family education on the effects of early marriages.

Author Biographies

Kesiwe Phuthi, University of South Africa

Kesiwe Phuthi iwas a doctoral student at the university of South Africa in the Department of health Studies

Olabisi Fatimo Ibitoye, University of South Africa

Dr Ibitoye is a post doctoral fellow at the University of South Africa in the Department of health Studies

Published
2019-12-20
How to Cite
Thupayagale-Tshweneagae, Gloria B, Kesiwe Phuthi, and Olabisi Fatimo Ibitoye. 2019. “Patterns and Dynamics of Sexual Violence Among Married Adolescents in Zimbabwe”. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 21 (2), 13 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2520-5293/6455.
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Articles