Predicting Menstruation-Related Topic Avoidance between Daughters and Mothers in Two Regions of Northern India

Maria K. Venetis, Ashleigh N. Shields, Meghana Rawat, Jyoti Seth

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Abstract

Young women in India report that avoidant talk within families hinders their ability to communicate about menstruation, further promoting stigma and limiting knowledge. Participants included 287 college-attending women from one of two colleges in different locations in northern India. Participants completed surveys that were guided by the disclosure decision-making model (DD-MM) and asked about menstruation-related topic avoidance with mothers. Results find that the stigma of being dramatic is a consistent predictor across the two locations but that predictors otherwise differ. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-667
Number of pages21
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume87
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

Keywords

  • DD-MM
  • Disclosure Efficacy
  • Health
  • India
  • Menstruation
  • Stigma
  • Topic Avoidance

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