January 27, 2023

Prevalence and correlates of reproductive coercion across ten sites: commonalities and divergence

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Reproductive coercion (RC) is a type of abuse where a partner asserts control over a woman’s reproductive health trajectories. Recent research emphasizes that RC experiences may differ within and across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as compared to higher-income contexts, given social pressures surrounding
childbearing. To date, nationally representative surveys have lacked comprehensive measures for RC, leading to gaps in understanding its prevalence and risk factors.

Across eight LMICs (10 sites), we aimed to (1) validate the RC Scale; (2) calculate prevalence of RC and specific behaviors; and (3) assess correlates of RC.
Methods This analysis leverages cross-sectional Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) data collected from November 2020 to May 2022.