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Bargaining Power within Couples and Use of Prenatal and Delivery Care in Indonesia

Citation

Beegle, Kathleen G.; Frankenberg, Elizabeth; & Thomas, Duncan (2001). Bargaining Power within Couples and Use of Prenatal and Delivery Care in Indonesia. Studies in Family Planning, 32(2), 130-46.

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.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1728-4465.2001.00130.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Studies in Family Planning

Author(s)

Beegle, Kathleen G.
Frankenberg, Elizabeth
Thomas, Duncan

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

32

Issue Number

2

Pages

130-46

Reference ID

10344