The objective of this study is to assess
violence and associated factors among rural high school female students in
Hadiya zone, Ethiopia. A school based cross-sectional quantitative study was
employed. Multistage sampling technique was used to select study subjects. Self
administered questionnaires were used to collect the data and study was conducted
on 801 rural high school female students in Hadiya Zone from March 25 to April
25/2013. The overall percentage of physical, sexual or psychological violence was
found to be 62.20% during their high school education. Using alcohol by
students and their parents, mother education was the risk factors for the
occurrence of physical violence. Alcohol used by students and parents father
education and marital status highly attributes to sexual violence. Alcohol used
by student and mother occupation was variables associated to psychological
violence. This finding concludes that violence is highly prevalent among rural
high school female students in Hadiya zone and use of alcohol, marital status,
parental education and occupation were the main contributing factors. School
officials and other concerned organizations should strengthen the communication
with students, parents and community leaders about the physical, sexual and
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