A Cross Sectional Study on the Prevalence of Abuse and Self Defence among Female Medical Students in Hubli
Keywords:Abuse, Self Defense, Female Medical Students, Hubli
Background: Female abuse and harassment are burning issues of the present times and has shown increasing
trend of late.Harassment at workplace is a violation of Human Right.It degrades a person’s privacy and
dignity leading to emotional stress,humiliation,anxiety and depression.Hence a study on the prevalence of
abuse among female medical students is highly warranted.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted for a duration of one month among 100 female medical
students in Hubli,providing them with pretested semistructured questionnaire after obtaining informed
oral consent.The participants were assured of their confidentiality.The data collected,was entered in excel
sheet,tabulated and represented as tables and graphs.
Conclusion: 95% female students felt that they have been harassed atleast once,among which 53% of the
abusers were strangers.Verbal abuse was the most common form of abuse .Majority of them failed to inform
higher authorities and had deep psycho social impact.Only a meagre of them were trained in self defense
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