Qualitative Assessment and Validation of IPV among Young Mothers in Mali
Preterm birth and other adverse birth outcomes occur at high rates in Bamako, Mali. Interpersonal violence (IPV) and mental health disorders are important risk factors in this context. As part of a group antenatal-care pilot study, I propose to develop a questionnaire for IPV and measure the rate and its associated risk factors among young women ages 15 to 25 who are pregnant and part of the pilot. Conducting 5 focus group discussions to refine the questionnaire, I will then pilot the questionnaire among 10 to 15 women and complete in- depth interviews with them after. We will then use this questionnaire at 6 weeks and 3 months post-birth to assess IPV and mental health. The IPV metric will be quantitatively validated with factor analysis, and covariates will be assessed with structural equation modeling and regression.
Advisor/Mentor: Dr. Sarah Murray