The Equitable Attitudes within Relationships Scale is a 16-item measure of individual attitudes toward gender roles within relationships, based on the Gender Equitable Men scale (Pulerwitz and Baker 2008). Different aspects of equitable attitudes within relationships captured by the scale include parental responsibilities, sexual expectations, son preference, and gender-based violence.
Geographies Tested: Ethiopia,Kenya
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adults
For each item, answers that indicate a more equitable balance of power in the relationship are coded as 1 and answers that indicate a less equitable balance of power in the relationship are coded as 0. When summed, this results in higher scores reflecting a more equal balance of power perceived by the respondent and lower scores reflecting a less equal balance of power. The scores do not indicate a finite amount of power perceived by each individual. For example, for the item 'My partner has more say than I do about important decisions that affect us', a yes answer will receive 0 and a no answer will receive 1.
Stephenson, R., Bartel, D., & Rubardt, M. (2012). Constructs of power and equity and their association with contraceptive use among men and women in rural Ethiopia and Kenya. Global public health, 7(6), 618-634. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2012.672581
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