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Parenting for good behaviour and respectability

DEV Key Contact: Janet Seeley
Project Dates: 2013 - 2015
Status: This study has received ethical approval. It is now awaiting clearance from UNCST.


The aim of this project is understand the early prevention of familial processes that predict sexual and gender based violence in Uganda. Through this project, we aim to contribute evidence for the primary prevention of gender-based violence by testing a promising intervention that draws on pre-existing motivation in families: the concern for their respectability, largely achieved through children's good behaviour and respect for parents.  The project addresses inequitable gender norms, marital harmony and respect for partners to minimize children's early exposure to violence, and attempts to harness male parent bonding with their children.

Selected Outputs

Zalwango, F., L. Eriksson, J. Seeley, S. Nakamanya, J. Vandepitte, and H. Grosskurth, Parenting and money making: sex work and women's choices in urban Uganda. Wagadu, 2010. 8(0): 71-92.

Mbonye, M., W. Nalukenge, S. Nakamanya, B. Nalusiba, R. King, J. Vandepitte, and J. Seeley, Gender inequity in the lives of women involved in sex work in Kampala, Uganda. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2012. 15(3).

Seeley, J., The changing relationships of co-wives over time in rural southern Uganda. Journal of Development Studies, 2012. 48(1): 68-80.

Siu, G.E., D. Wight, and J. Seeley, How a masculine work ethic and economic circumstances affect uptake of HIV treatment: experiences of men from an artisanal gold mining community in rural eastern Uganda.Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2012. 15(3).

Siu, G., J. Seeley and D. Wight, Dividuality, masculine respectability and reputation: How masculinity affects men's uptake of HIV treatment in rural eastern Uganda. Social Science and Medicine (in press)

Mbonye, M., S. Nakamanya, W. Nalukenge, R.King, J. Vandepitte and J. Seeley ‘It is like a tomato stall where someone can pick what he likes': Structure and practices of female sex work in Kampala, Uganda.BMC Public Health 2013. 13: 741.