The Individual Experience of Household Empowerment is a 10-item measure that captures aspects of empowerment such as mobility and decision making on household spending or child needs. This measure was used to assess the effect of a cash benefit program called PROGRESA on women’s status and intrahousehold relations in Mexico.
1. Who takes the children to the doctor if they are sick? 2. Who tells the child to go to school? 3. Who gives the child permission to leave? 4. Who decides on expenditures on child clothing? 5. Who decides on food expenses? 6. Who decides on house repairs? 7. Who decides on durables purchases?
Response Options:* No response Husband only Wife only Both spouses Other man in household Other woman in household
8. Who decides how to spend a woman’s extra income?
Response Options:* No response She herself She should give to her husband Both spouses decide
9. If you (the woman) want to visit your parents, friends or neighbors, do you have to ask permission from your husband?
Response Options: No response Yes No No husband Never leaves
10. If you (the woman) need to leave to visit the above, who accompanies you?
Response Options:* No response No one Her children Her husband Other people Never leaves
* Numeric codes for the Response Options above were not provided in the original report.
Adato, M., De la Briere, B., Mindek, D., & Quisumbing, A. R. (2000). The Impact of PROGRESA on Women's Status and Intra-Household Relations. https://www.ifpri.org/publication/impact-progresa-womens-status-and-intrahousehold-relations
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