Dr. Ashley N. Lackovich-Van Gorp is a 2014 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Lackovich-Van Gorp shown here with her Disseration at her Dissertation Defense, August 2014, Yellow Springs, Ohio
L-R : Dr. Jon Wergin, Committee Member, Dr Ashley N. Lackovich-Van Gorp, Dr. Al Guskin, Committee Chair, Dr. Lize Booysen, Committee Member
Not Shown : Monique Sternin, Committee Member, Dr. Sandra Cheldelin, External Reader
positive deviance, child marriage, Ethiopia, Sidama, action research, mothers, daughters, abduction, harmful traditional practice, adaptive behavior change, adolescents
This dissertation uses Positive Deviance (PD) to understand child marriage by abduction in a community in the Sidama Zone of Ethiopia. Marriage by abduction occurs among the poorest 10% of the Sidama population and entails the kidnapping of girls between the ages of 10 and 14 for forced genital circumcision, rape and marriage. PD is a problem solving approach that mobilizes a community to uncover existing yet unrecognized solutions to solve the specific problem. This study, which entailed an examination of the evolution of marriage norms among the Sidama as well as an analysis of the underpinnings of marriage by abduction, discovered that some community members practice behaviors and strategies that can prevent child marriage by abduction. The results support PD application to this specific form of child marriage as well as the practice as a whole, offering an alternative to traditional behavior change methodology. The electronic version of this Dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center, www.ohiolink.edu/etd
Lackovich-Van Gorp, A. N. (2014). Positive Deviance and Child Marriage by Abduction in the Sidama Zone of Ethiopia. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/150
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