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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beegle, K; Frankenberg, E; Thomas, D

Published Date

  • June 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 130 - 146

PubMed ID

  • 11449862

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1728-4465

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-3665

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2001.00130.x


  • eng