Freedom Of Movement Index

Freedom Of Movement Index consists of four items. Three pertain to the woman’s ability to leave the house without the company of another adult: whether she could go out in general, such as to the market, take a child to the doctor, and go to a doctor for her own health care. The last factor pertained to whether women could leave their residence to visit natal kin when they wished, which usually implies a longer absence from the house than the other three types.


Short Measure

ITEMS:

1. Can you leave the house without the company of another adult to go out in general, such as to the market?
2. Can you leave the house without the company of another adult to take your child to the doctor?
3. Can you leave the house without the company of another adult to visit a doctor for your own health care?
4. Can you leave the house without the company of another adult to visit your natal kin when you wished?

Response Options:
Yes - 1
No - 0

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

India

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

Women are scored 1 for answers to each factor that contribute to a higher degree of autonomy; otherwise they score 0. Respondents are scored on a scale from 0 to 4.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Bloom, S. S., Wypij, D., & Gupta, M. d. (2001). Dimensions of women’s autonomy and influence on maternal health care utilization in a North Indian City. Demography, 38(1), 67-78. https://doi.org/10.1353/dem.2001.0001

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 3.50/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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