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Asiimwe, Ronald
Doctoral Student, Couple & Family Therapy

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Ronald Asiimwe is a PhD student from Uganda, Africa.

Ronald is currently involved in a gender-based violence study of women in Uganda, Africa. This study is led by an MSU faculty from the department of psychiatry together with a team of collaborators in Uganda. It is a quantitative pilot study where 100 teenage mothers between the ages of 13-19 in rural Eastern Uganda were interviewed about their experiences with physical and sexual violence, pregnancy-related stigma, and psychological distress. Findings from the analysis indicated that teenage mothers experience tremendous amount of physical and sexual violence, as well as, pregnancy-related stigma, especially from their family members and neighbors.

As an active couple and family therapist, Ronald is also interested in researching couple and family interventions that fit the nature of couple and family problems in Africa. He is currently lead author on a paper entitled, “Expanding our international reach; the development of systemic family therapy in Africa; past, future, and current trends.” Further, he is also interested in research on how trauma impacts parenting practices specifically, the attachment bonds between parents and their children as well, the couple relationships.

About RCGV

MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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