“Who will marry a diseased girl?” Marriage, gender and tuberculosis stigma in Asia

“Who will marry a diseased girl?” Marriage, gender and tuberculosis stigma in Asia

This study funded by Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, was done in partnership with; National TB Control Programme of Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.; Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds and Health Research and Social Development Forum (HERD), Nepal;

In a qualitative study on the stigma associated with tuberculosis (TB), involving 73 interviews and eight focus groups conducted in five sites across three countries (Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan), participants spoke of TB’s negative impact on the marriage prospects of women in particular. Combining the approach to discovering grounded theory with a conceptualization of causality based on a realist ontology, we developed a theory to explain the relationships between TB, gender and marriage. The mechanism at the heart of the theory is TB’s disruptiveness to the gendered roles of wife (or daughter-in-law) and mother. It is this disruptiveness which gives legitimacy to the rejection of marriage to a woman with TB. Whether or not this mechanism results in a negative impact of TB on marriage prospects depends on a range of contextual factors, providing opportunities for interventions and policies.

URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329101297_Who_Will_Marry_a_Diseased_Girl_Marriage_Gender_and_Tuberculosis_Stigma_in_Asia