MEASURE

Evidence-based Measures of Empowerment for Research on Gender Equality

Measure: Self Efficacy to Discuss and Use Family Planning Scale

The Self Efficacy to Discuss and Use Family Planning Scale is a 4-item scale on couple communication, from the Women’s Empowerment – Multidimensional Evaluation of Agency, Social Capital & Relations (WE-MEASR) tool. The key area covered by the scale is a woman’s ability to communicate with her partner on family planning.

Short Measure Multi-Country

ITEMS:

(Interviewer): Now I am going to ask some questions about how confident or sure you are that you could use family planning if you wanted to. Even if you do not want to use family planning right now, try to imagine sometime in the future when you might want to use family planning.

  1. How sure are you that you could bring up the topic of family planning with your husband?
  2. How sure are you that you could tell your husband that you wanted to use family planning?
  3. How sure are you that you could use family planning?
  4. How sure are you that you could use family planning, even if your husband did not want to?

Response Options:
(5-point Likert scale)
Completely sure = 5
Somewhat sure = 4
Neither sure/Unsure =3
Somewhat unsure = 2
Not at all sure = 1

PSYCHOMETRIC
SCORE

CITATION
FREQUENCY

Categories

Adolescent (10-19)
Adult (>=18)
Ethiopia
Female
Kenya
Malawi

Scoring Procedures:

The scale score is the average of the item scores, and ranges from 1-5. A higher score indicates greater self-efficacy to discuss and use family planning.

Primary Citation: CARE USA. (2014). Women’s Empowerment – Multidimensional Evaluation of Agency, Social Capital & Relations (WE‐MEASR): A tool to measure women’s empowerment in sexual, reproductive and maternal health programs. Atlanta, GA.