The Public Health Impact of Eve Teasing: Public Sexual Harassment and Its Association with Common Mental Disorders and Suicide Ideation Among Young Women in Rural Punjab, India

Sharon Louise Talboys
T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f U t a h G r a d u a t e S c h o o l STATEMENT OF DISSERTATION APPROVAL The dissertation of Sharon Louise Talboys has been approved by the following supervisory committee members: Stephen C. Alder , Chair ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to characterize sexual harassment in public, or 'eve teasing', in rural India, develop a measurement tool, and to estimate its prevalence and association with common mental disorders (CMD) and suicide ideation (SI) among young
more » ... women. Mixed methods included focus group discussions, direct observation of questionnaire administration, and both qualitative and quantitative data gathering with a novel questionnaire. Females ages 14-26 were recruited through purposive sampling in nine villages for the initial pretest (N=89). Using the finalized questionnaire, we conducted a cross-sectional survey using a randomized cluster sample of 19 villages and recruited 198 women ages 15-24 using house-to-house probability sampling. Eve teasing was described as staring, stalking, passing comments, or inappropriate physical touch.
doi:10.26053/0h-vk4d-vrg0 fatcat:kcsjq47vzbdetlcpz3jx5kbibq