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Study of the Preliminary Effect of TEVAW: a Program to Address Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Tanzania (TEVAW)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02434796
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 5, 2015
Last Update Posted : March 17, 2017
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
World Education, Inc.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lisa J. Messersmith, Boston University

Brief Summary:
Women in Tanzania suffer alarming rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) that has detrimental effects on mental and physical health including an increased risk of HIV infection. The investigators will use a cluster randomized control study design to conduct a preliminary evaluation study of TEVAW, an intervention that aims to improve gender equitable attitudes and to decrease tolerance of IPV among men and women in rural Tanzania. Nine villages will be randomly assigned into one of three study arms, each comprised of 150 partnered women and their co-resident male partners. Women in the comparison arm are currently exposed to World Education's savings and lending group intervention (known as LIMCA), in which they receive training on business skills, literacy, child nutrition and health, child protection, intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV prevention. Women in Intervention Arm 1 will be exposed to LIMCA, while their male partners will participate in male peer group workshops that explore gender norms, IPV and HIV prevention issues. In Intervention Arm 2, men and women will receive the same treatment as Intervention Arm 1 and participate in community dialogues with community leaders to explore similar topics as the male peer groups. Our hypothesis is that study participants in Arm 2 will report improved gender equitable attitudes and lower intolerance of intimate partner violence than participants in Arm 1 and participants in the control group. Data will be collected at baseline and endline using a structured questionnaire with questions from three validated instruments that measure gender equitable attitudes and attitudes about IPV.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Intimate Partner Violence Behavioral: Male Peer Groups Behavioral: Male Peer Groups and Community Dialogues Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Women in Tanzania suffer alarming rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) that has detrimental effects on mental and physical health including an increased risk of HIV infection. The investigators will use a cluster randomized control study design to conduct a preliminary evaluation study of TEVAW, an intervention that aims to improve gender equitable attitudes and to decrease tolerance of IPV among men and women in rural Tanzania. Nine villages will be randomly assigned into one of three study arms, each comprised of 150 partnered women and their co-resident male partners. A total of 450 women and their partners will be recruited for the study. Women in the comparison arm are currently exposed to World Education's savings and lending group intervention (known as LIMCA), in which they receive training on business skills, literacy, child nutrition and health, child protection, intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV prevention. Women in Intervention Arm 1 will be exposed to LIMCA, while their male partners will participate in male peer group workshops that explore gender norms, IPV and HIV prevention issues. In Intervention Arm 2, men and women will receive the same treatment as Intervention Arm 1 and participate in community dialogues with community leaders to explore similar topics as the male peer groups. Our hypothesis is that study participants in Arm 2 will report improved gender equitable attitudes and lower intolerance of intimate partner violence than participants in Arm 1 and participants in the control group. Data will be collected at baseline and endline using a structured questionnaire with questions from three validated instruments that measure gender equitable attitudes and attitudes about IPV. The following are the specific aims of the study:

  1. To test the feasibility, acceptability and proof of concept of two interventions (women's savings groups combined with male peer groups vs. women's savings groups combined with male peer groups and community dialogues) compared to a control group participating only in women's savings groups in Karatu District, Northern Tanzania.
  2. To contribute to a better understanding of the attitudes, behaviors and social factors related to intimate partner violence through the exploration of cultural gender norms in Karatu District, Northern Tanzania.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 900 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Mixed Methods Study to Test the Preliminary Effect of Together to End Violence Against Women (TEVAW): a Program to Address Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Tanzania
Study Start Date : May 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2017

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Arm 1 Male Peer Groups (MPG)
Women participate in savings groups and male partners participate in male peer group workshops on gender norms, IPV and HIV prevention. This intervention aims to improve knowledge and attitudes about the harms of IPV on women, men and children; the confidence to internalize positive masculine ideals (e.g. caring for one's family) and to challenge gender stereotypes (e.g. women are not equal to men); and the ability to formulate positive outcome expectations regarding IPV (intolerance of violence perpetrated by themselves or others) and healthy relationships with their spouses and communities.
Behavioral: Male Peer Groups
In Intervention Arm 1, male partners participate in male peer group workshops on gender norms, IPV and HIV prevention. Men's peer groups address gender inequality and transformation of gender power relations, positive masculinities and accountability of men in the perpetration of violence against women. This intervention aims to improve knowledge and attitudes among men about the harms of IPV on women, men and children; the confidence to internalize positive masculine ideals and to challenge gender stereotypes; and the ability to formulate positive outcome expectations regarding IPV and healthy relationships with their spouses and communities. Male peer group workshops will be conducted as a series of four workshops for a total of 24 hours spread out over a 5-month period.

Experimental: Arm 2 MPG & Community Dialogues
This arm will include women participants in savings groups, male peer groups and community dialogues. Village community leaders will engage in community dialogues on gender norms, IPV and HIV prevention.
Behavioral: Male Peer Groups and Community Dialogues
Men participate in male peer group workshops as in Intervention Arm 1. In addition, village level community leaders engage in community mobilization/sensitization activities that include women members of savings groups and their male partners who participate male peer groups. Community dialogues focus on gender norms, IPV and HIV prevention. First, a one-day workshop for community leaders on topics similar to those raised in male peer group sessions. Second, trained community leaders facilitate community dialogues on IPV, HIV prevention, and gender norms with savings groups members and their male partners who participate in male peer groups. Each workshop will be a day-long event.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Difference in proportion of men who report a husband is justified in beating his wife [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    For attitudes on IPV, men get the value of 1, if they agree that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife if she (a) burns the food; (b) argues with him; (c) goes out without telling him; (d) neglects the children; or (e) refuses to have sexual intercourse with him; men get a 0 if they do not agree with any of these statements.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Difference in proportion of men who report gender-inequitable attitudes [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    We will measure men's gender-inequitable attitudes using an 18-item scale on attitudes toward gender norms in intimate relationships, known as the GEM (Gender Equitable Men). For each item listed on the GEM scale, men will report their level of agreement with Strongly Agree [=3], Agree [=2], Disagree [=1], and Strongly Disagree [=0]. Men will get a score ranging between 0 and 54, where 0 indicates that a man reports to maintain the most inequitable attitudes on gender and 54 indicates that he maintains the most equitable gender attitudes.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Married women, aged 18 and older, who live in Karatu District in Northern Tanzania with their male partners, who participate in the LIMCA program, are willing to participate, and provide informed consent.
  • Male partners of women LIMCA members named above, aged 18 and older who live in Karatu District in Northern Tanzania, are willing to participate, and provide informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Women who are not partnered, who do not live in the study catchment area, who do not participate in the LIMCA program, and who do not provide informed consent
  • Men who are not married or partnered, who do not live in the study catchment area; whose wives/partners do not participate in the LIMCA program, and who do not provide informed consent.

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University
World Education, Inc.
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Lisa Messersmith, PhD, MPH Boston University Center for Global Health and Development
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Responsible Party: Lisa J. Messersmith, Associate Professor, Boston University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02434796    
Other Study ID Numbers: SVRI49-WEI2014
First Posted: May 5, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 17, 2017
Last Verified: March 2017
Keywords provided by Lisa J. Messersmith, Boston University:
Intimate Partner Violence
Gender-Based Violence
Gender
HIV