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Understanding Southeast Asian Students' Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence: A Q-Methodology Study.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant problem in the U.S. as about 4.8 million women each year experience physical assaults and rapes. Womens experiences of IPV can have long-term harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. In 2007, IPV resulted in 2,340 deaths, of which 70% of these deaths were females. The burden on society is also significant as the health care service costs of IPV were estimated at over $8.3 billion in 2003.1 Diverse racial and cultural backgrounds significantly affect reported rates of victimization. To date, research examining the IPV phenomenon among Southeast Asian (SEA) populations is fairly limited. The aim of this study is to elicit the perceptions held by Southeast Asian students about IPV. The specific research questions are: " What are SEA students attitudes towards intimate partner violence? " How do SEA students recognize their vulnerability to intimate partner violence?

Tasks and responsibilities:

Selected students will assist in (a) reviewing the literature, (b) facilitating the recruitment of study participants for research tool development, the pilot study, and data collection process (i.e., focus group discussions and individual Q-sorting), (c) involving in data qualitative/quantitative data analyses, and (d) collaborating in the dissemination of study outcomes.