The Household Decision-Making Autonomy Scale is a 5-item self-reported measure to capture the respondent's day to day decision-making within the house such as food to be cooked, purchases and mobility. The measure is borrowed from the Philippines Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).
Short Measure Warning Flag
Who in your family usually has the final say in the following decisions:
1. Your own health care?
2. Making large household purchases?
3. Making household purchases for daily needs?
4. Visits to family or relatives?
5. What food should be cooked each day?
Respondent - 1
Husband/Partner - 2
Respondent & Husband/Partner Jointly - 3
Someone else - 4
Respondent & Someone else jointly - 5
Decision not made/Not applicable - 6
Abada, T., & Tenkorang, E. Y. (2012). Women's autonomy and unintended pregnancies in the Philippines. Journal of Biosocial Science, 44(6), 703-718. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021932012000120
Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework
Field Expert Input
Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing
Measure came from a peer-reviewed journal with a low impact score and/or inadequate information on psychometrics, but is an under-represented gender equality and empowerment construct