Columbia dating study
A majority of displaced adolescent girls are victimized by violence, according to a new study in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.The study, published in the , provides new details on the forms of violence affecting adolescent girls in humanitarian settings, and for the first time, predictors of violence, often perpetrated by family members and intimate partners.For a study published in , Stark and colleagues interviewed the same conflict-affected girls in a group setting, and heard almost exclusively about violence perpetrated by strangers.By contrast, when they used tablet computers that afforded greater privacy, girls described violence predominantly perpetrated by family members and intimate partners.Ever having a boyfriend and living with an intimate partner are associated with coerced and forced sex in both DRC and in Ethiopia.In the DRC, each year of schooling completed is associated with lower odds of experiencing violence.I am looking for interesting, unusual datasets for a data analysis class I am teaching, and I heard by email from Ray Fisman that you have a sanitized version of the data from his speed dating experiment.
The findings contradict local narratives suggesting that girls are most at risk of violence at the hands of strangers or military personnel—misperceptions that past research methods may be inadvertently reinforced.
While the tablet method likely provides a truer picture of the violence, Stark says the group discussions provides important perspective about how violence is understood and expressed.
“You want to know how people talk about these issues, so you can design a program that both addresses violence and considers those prevailing social norms.”Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic that affects one in three women and one in four girls under the age of 18, according to the World Health Organization.
The data were collected by Ray Fisman and Sheena Iyengar, an economist and a psychologist at the business school here, and they summarized their findings in this paper: We study dating behavior using data from a Speed Dating experiment where we generate random matching of subjects and create random variation in the number of potential partners.
Our design allows us to directly observe individual decisions rather than just final matches.