Menopause-Related Domestic Violence in Bangladesh and Its Associated Factors

Md. Azim Rana

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Sazin Islam *

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Sharmin Akter

Central Medical College, Cumilla-3500, Bangladesh.

Mst. Shamsun Naher

Department of Sociology, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Md. Shariful Islam

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Sonia Afroz Mukta

Department of Public Health, First Capital University of Bangladesh, Chuadanga-7200, Bangladesh.

Sadia Afroz Rikta

Sociology Discipline, Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Background: Menopause, a natural physiological transition, has been associated with various health and psychosocial challenges. This study aimed to explore the association between menopausal symptoms and the occurrence of domestic violence in Bangladesh, considering a range of socio-economic and demographic determinants.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 500 Bangladeshi women aged 40-60. Data were collected using structured questionnaires, and the severity of menopausal symptoms was categorized as low, moderate, and severe. Chi-Square tests were utilized to establish associations.

Results: Women with severe menopausal symptoms reported the highest occurrence of domestic violence at 58%. Emotional and psychological violence was most prevalent at 55%, followed by physical violence at 42%, economic deprivation at 28%, and sexual violence at 14%.

Conclusion: The study underscores the pressing need for comprehensive interventions to address domestic violence against menopausal women in Bangladesh. A holistic approach, encompassing medical, psychological, socio-economic, and educational strategies, is crucial for effective mitigation.

Keywords: Menopause, domestic violence, Bangladesh, socio-economic determinants, psychological health


How to Cite

Rana, Md. Azim, Sazin Islam, Sharmin Akter, Mst. Shamsun Naher, Md. Shariful Islam, Sonia Afroz Mukta, and Sadia Afroz Rikta. 2023. “Menopause-Related Domestic Violence in Bangladesh and Its Associated Factors”. Asian Journal of Medicine and Health 21 (11):122-27. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajmah/2023/v21i11926.

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