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Is younger really safer? A qualitative study of perceived risks and benefits of age-disparate relationships among women in Cape Town, South Africa

dc.contributor.authorBeauclair, Roxanneen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDelva, Wimen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-10T12:33:56Z
dc.date.available2018-01-10T12:33:56Z
dc.date.issued2013-11-15
dc.identifier.citationBeauclair, R. & Delva, W. 2013. Is younger really safer? A qualitative study of perceived risks and benefits of age-disparate relationships among women in Cape Town, South Africa. PLoS ONE, 8(11): e81748, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081748.
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081748
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103036
dc.descriptionCITATION: Beauclair, R. & Delva, W. 2013. Is younger really safer? A qualitative study of perceived risks and benefits of age-disparate relationships among women in Cape Town, South Africa. PLoS ONE, 8(11): e81748, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081748.
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dc.description.abstractYoung women in age-asymmetric relationships may be at an elevated risk for acquisition of HIV, since relationships with older men are also correlated with other risk behaviors like less condom use. Qualitative studies have shown that women are motivated to participate in these relationships for money and emotional support. However, there is a paucity of research on women’s perceived risks of these relationships, particularly in South Africa. To this end, we conducted in-depth interviews with 23 women recruited from three urban communities in Cape Town. A thematic question guide was used to direct the interviews. Thematic content analysis was used to explore women’s perceived risks of age-disparate and non-age-disparate relationships, the benefits of dating older men, and risk perceptions that influence decisions around beginning or ending a relationship. A plurality of women thought that dating an older man does not bring any adverse consequences, although some thought that older men do not use condoms and may be involved in concurrent partnerships. Many women were less inclined to date same-age or younger men, because they were viewed as being disrespectful and abusive. This study points to the need for more awareness raising about the risks of age-disparate relationships. In addition to these initiatives, there is an urgent need to implement holistic approaches to relationship health, in order to curb intimate partner violence, improve gender equity and make non-age-disparate relationships more attractive.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0081748
dc.format.extent8 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science
dc.subjectHIV infections -- Transmissionen_ZA
dc.subjectWomen -- Sexual behavior -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.subjectMan-women relationshipsen_ZA
dc.subjectHIV infections -- Risk factorsen_ZA
dc.titleIs younger really safer? A qualitative study of perceived risks and benefits of age-disparate relationships among women in Cape Town, South Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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