Sexual abuse and accepting attitudes towards intimate partner rape in Uganda

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Brendah Nakyazze, Karin Österman, Kaj Björkqvist
Publisher: Lycia Press Inc.
Publication year: 2018
Journal: Medical Science and Discovery
Volume number: 5
Issue number: 5
Start page: 211
End page: 219
eISSN: 2148-6832


Abstract

Objective: The aim was to study sexual abuse, accepting attitudes towards intimate partner rape and psychological concomitants in
intimate partner relationships in Uganda.

Method: A questionnaire was completed by 315 respondents (174 females and 141 males). The mean age for females was 31.7 years
(SD = 10.3) and 33.6 (SD = 12.4) for males.

Results: Females scored significantly higher than males on victimization from aggression due to denial of sex, victimization from
sexual abuse, and psychological concomitants of intimate partner rape. The acceptance rate for rape in intimate relationships was high,
only one percent among females and two percent among males reported zero tolerance. Victimization from sexual abuse as well as
psychological concomitants of intimate partner rape were significantly higher among respondents who had completed only primary
school compared to those with a higher education. Accepting attitudes towards rape in intimate relationships were positively
correlated with age, no sex differences were found. Respondents with higher educational levels reported significantly lower levels of
acceptance of intimate partner rape. For females, but not for males, accepting attitudes correlated positively with both victimization
and psychological concomitants.

Conclusions: Victimization from sexual abuse, psychological concomitants and accepting attitudes towards intimate partner rape
were all related to low educational level. Reasons for the high levels of accepting attitudes towards intimate partner rape especially
among female victims are discussed.


Keywords

intimate partner rape, psychological concomitants, sexual abuse, Uganda


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