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Relative Autonomy Index-Nepal

Relative Autonomy Index- Nepal is a 9-item index measure of women's motivations for completing certain actions. This is a simplified and adapted version of the Relative Autonomy Index originally validated in Chad. The measure captured motivation for: working outside home, doing household chores, group participation, lack of work outside home, health seeking, and lack of group participation.

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Geographies Tested: Nepal

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

Respondents are asked their motivation for the following domains:

  • Working outside home
  • Doing household chores
  • Group participation
  • Lack of work outside home
  • Health seeking
  • Lack of group participation
  1. Because you will get into trouble otherwise
  2. Because that is what your family members tell you to do
  3. Because you want your family members to like you
  4. So your family members won’t get angry with you
  5. Because you have toyou can’t
  6. Because you personally think it is the right thing to do whether or not your family members agree
  7. Because you enjoy it
  8. Because you want to
  9. Because it is your dutyresponsibility

Response Options:
Yes
No

Scoring Procedures

A point is awarded to each "yes" response to either introjected or external regulation. The item "because you have to/you can't" is given a score of zero as it represents "amotivation".

Original Citation

Gram, L., Morrison, J., Sharma, N., Shrestha, B., Manandhar, D., Costello, A., Saville, N., & Skordis-Worrall, J. (2017). Validating an agency-based tool for measuring women's empowerment in a complex public health trial in Rural Nepal. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 18(1), 107-135. https://doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2016.1251403

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