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Title [sv]
Förstudie Vård: Att förändra attityder kring kvinnlig könsstympning bland somaliska immigranter i Sverige: en klusterrandomis...
Title [en]
Preliminary Study Care: A community-based participatory intervention to change attitudes towards female circumcision among Somali immigrants in Sweden: a cluster-randomised controlled trial
Abstract [sv]
Due to the harmful consequences of female circumcision (FC), this project will seek to decrease the support of its continuation among newly arrived Somalis in Sweden. The hypothesis is that a community-based participatory intervention with an interaction between Swedish Somalis that have left the tradition of FC and newly arrived Somalis will cause an attitude change among the latter which ultimately will decrease the number of genitally mutilated girls.The group of immigrants most strongly associated with circumcision as well as adverse health outcomes in Sweden is known to be the Somalis. Research has shown an extensive opposition over time towards FC among Swedish Somalis, and the occurrence of this practice is believed to be low among this group. In contrast, one can expect to find a widespread support of FC among newly arrived Somalis as this is a common practice in Somalia. Targeted interventions towards newly arrived Somali refugees, who the last few years have significantly increased in number in Sweden, are therefore desirable.Several of the members of the research group have well-established contacts and long experience of working with Somalis, and have for many years researched issues regarding FC and Somalis’ wellbeing. This preliminary study grant is crucial for the research team to be able to further develop the intervention and to make further contacts with important actors in the field. The planned intervention would be of great societal relevance directly for the Somali girls, and in general for the families and the whole society, as theoretical insights in mechanisms of changes of social conventions may be spread as well. This intervention would therefore have great possibilities to enhance the health of young Somali women in diaspora, and to reduce gender inequity in reproductive health in societies of globalization.
Principal InvestigatorEssén, Birgitta
Coordinating organisation
Uppsala University
2013-09-01 - 2014-08-31
DiVA, id: project:4946Project, id: 2013-02095_Forte

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