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Social attitudes towards same-sex sexuality in South Africa (SASS): A qualitative pilot study of black South Africans 2013 - Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape

Version
1.0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Reddy, Vasudhevan
  • Human Sciences Research Council
Publication Date
2016-11-01
Embargo End Date
2016-11-01
Contributor
  • Human Sciences Research Council (Producer)
Funding Reference
  • Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries
Free Keywords
Schema: UK DATA ARCHIVE - HASSET
HOMOSEXUALITY; SAME-SEX SEXUALITY; SOCIAL ATTITUDES; SOUTH AFRICA
Description
  • Abstract

    Description: In the pilot study we conducted in-depth interviews to find out about people's beliefs and attitudes towards same-sex sexuality. This helped us to gain an in-depth understanding of attitudes towards same-sex sexuality so that we can develop a comprehensive, integrated and adaptive set of questions that could be used to quantify attitudes toward same-sex sexuality in Africa. We conducted interviews across four major cities, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, with 8 interviews per city. There were a total of 32 interviews, across different age groups, and genders, and located across both urban and rural areas. The data is embargoed for 36 months, until November 2016. The transcripts are anonymized so as to cross-out all personal or identifying information related to respondents including names, names of places, occupations, workplaces, etc. This data set is not available for download any more. Please contact datahelp@hsrc.ac.za for enquiries.

    Abstract: There is strong opposition to same-sex sexuality in Africa attitudes and research indicates entrenched negative perceptions of same-sex sexuality and tolerance of same-sex identifying persons in South Africa, especially among Black South Africans. However, there are no instruments that reliably assess attitudes towards same-sex sexuality in South Africa, and in Africa more generally. The ultimate purpose of this pilot study is to contribute information towards developing a measure to assess people's attitudes toward same-sex sexuality (homosexuality). In the pilot study we conducted in-depth interviews to find out about people's beliefs and attitudes towards same-sex sexuality. This helped us to gain an in-depth understanding of attitudes towards same-sex sexuality so that we can develop a comprehensive, integrated and adaptive set of questions that could be used to quantify attitudes toward same-sex sexuality in Africa. We conducted interviews across four major cities, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban, with 8 interviews per city. There were a total of 32 interviews, across different age groups, and genders, and located across both urban and rural areas. Thus, the specific objective of this phase of the research has been: To investigate, examine and interpret current understandings and beliefs of Black South Africans about same-sex sexuality, and how these are evaluated. This work will feed into the broader objective, which is to formulate and test, as part of a medium- to longer-term longitudinal research project across key African countries, an assessment scale consisting of a set of attitude items that will effectively enable scholars to routinely and reliably assess changing attitudes toward same-sex sexuality in the African context. Variables: Age (range), gender (male and female), location (urban, rural and township), sexuality (heterosexuals), racial category (only black African)

Temporal Coverage
  • 2013 / 2013
Geographic Coverage
  • South Africa (ZA)
Sampled Universe
The sample consists of 32 individuals. They are South Africans, that identify as black/ African and reside in South Africa. They are located in urban, rural or township areas in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Interviewees could be either male or female (we aimed for an even spread), and across a wide spectrum of age groups.
Sampling
Convenience sample - individuals were recruited through investigator's personal networks, with assistance from interviewers.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
    Cross-section, Qualitative
Collection Mode
  • Digital audio recording
  • Face-to-face interview
Availability
Not available
Rights
By accessing the data, you give assurance that The data and documentation will not be duplicated, redistributed or sold without prior approval from the rights holder. The data will be used for scientific research or educational purposes only. The data will only be used for the specified purpose. If it is used for another purpose the additional purpose will be registered. Redundant data files will be destroyed. The confidentiality of individuals/organisations in the data will be preserved at all times. No attempt will be made to obtain or derive information from the data to identify individuals/organisations. The HSRC will be acknowledged in all published and unpublished works based on the data according to the provided citation. The HSRC will be informed of any books, articles, conference papers, theses, dissertations, reports or other publications resulting from work based in whole or in part on the data and documentation. For archiving and bibliographic purposes an electronic copy of all reports and publications based on the requested data will be sent to the HSRC. To offer for deposit into the HSRC Data Collection any new data sets which have been derived from or which have been created by the combination of the data supplied with other data. The data team bears no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses. Failure to comply with the End User License may result in sanctions being imposed.
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Update Metadata: 2019-11-19 | Issue Number: 1141 | Registration Date: 2014-09-22

Reddy, Vasudhevan; Human Sciences Research Council (2016): Social attitudes towards same-sex sexuality in South Africa (SASS): A qualitative pilot study of black South Africans 2013 - Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. Version: 1.0. HSRC - Human Science Research Council SA. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.14749/1400836532