Measuring young adolescent perceptions of relationships: A vignette-based approach to exploring gender equality

Robert W. Blum, Grace Sheehy, Mengmeng Li, Sharmistha Basu, Omaima El Gibaly, Patrick Kayembe, Xiayun Zuo, Jose Ortiz, Kitty S. Chan, Caroline Moreau

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Abstract

This paper reports the development and baseline data of a vignettes-based measure of gender equality. Methods: Vignettes were developed through 3-day long focus groups. After piloting in 13 sites and repiloting a revised version in 6 countries, responses were categorized by the construct tapped and a scoring system developed. Finalized vignettes were then tested in DR Congo, Ecuador and China. Results: Young adolescents can successfully respond to vignettes; and can differentiate self from hypothetical protagonists of same and opposite sex. Response differences by sex of respondent and protagonist were statistically significant across a range of scenarios and settings. Conclusion: This is the first vignettes-based measure for young adolescents assessing young adolescent perceptions of relationships differentiated by sex of the protagonist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0218863
JournalPloS one
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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