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Stud Fam Plann. 2001 Jun;32(2):130-46.

Bargaining power within couples and use of prenatal and delivery care in Indonesia.

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RAND, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138, USA.

Abstract

Indonesian women's power relative to that of their husbands is examined to determine how it affects use of prenatal and delivery care. Holding household resources constant, a woman's control over economic resources affects the couple's decision-making. Compared with a woman with no assets that she perceives as being her own, a woman with some share of household assets influences reproductive health decisions. Evidence suggests that her influence on service use also varies if a woman is better educated than her husband, comes from a background of higher social status than her husband's, or if her father is better educated than her father-in-law. Therefore, both economic and social dimensions of the distribution of power between spouses influence use of services, and conceptualizing power as multidimensional is useful for understanding couples' behavior.

PMID:
11449862
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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