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Dimensions of women’s autonomy and the influence on maternal health care utilization in a north indian city

Dimensions of women’s autonomy and the influence on maternal health care utilization in a north... The dimensions of women’s autonomy and their relationship to maternal health care utilization were investigated in a probability sample of 300 women in Varanasi, India. We examined the determinants of women’s autonomy in three areas: control over finances, decision-making power, and freedom of movement. After we control for age, education, household structure, and other factors, women with closer ties to natal kin were more likely to have greater autonomy in each of these three areas. Further analyses demonstrated that women with greater freedom of movement obtained higher levels of antenatal care and were more likely to use safe delivery care. The influence of women’s autonomy on the use of health care appears to be as important as other known determinants such as education. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Demography Springer Journals

Dimensions of women’s autonomy and the influence on maternal health care utilization in a north indian city

Demography , Volume 38 (1) – Jan 14, 2011

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Population Association of America
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Demography; Sociology; Population Economics; Medicine/Public Health, general; Geography (general)
ISSN
0070-3370
eISSN
1533-7790
DOI
10.1353/dem.2001.0001
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Abstract

The dimensions of women’s autonomy and their relationship to maternal health care utilization were investigated in a probability sample of 300 women in Varanasi, India. We examined the determinants of women’s autonomy in three areas: control over finances, decision-making power, and freedom of movement. After we control for age, education, household structure, and other factors, women with closer ties to natal kin were more likely to have greater autonomy in each of these three areas. Further analyses demonstrated that women with greater freedom of movement obtained higher levels of antenatal care and were more likely to use safe delivery care. The influence of women’s autonomy on the use of health care appears to be as important as other known determinants such as education.

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DemographySpringer Journals

Published: Jan 14, 2011

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