The Female Sex Worker (FSW): Collective Agency scale uses 4 items to measure the choice, control, and power that FSWs exercise to claim their rights (whether civil, political, economic, social or cultural) and to hold others accountable for these rights.
Short Measure Warning Flag
In the past 6 months, have you negotiated with or stood up against the following in order to help a fellow sex worker or to help fellow sex workers?
2. Madam / Broker
3. Local Goon
4. Client / Regular partner / Other partner
Yes - 1
No - 0
Scale values are averaged and range from 0 to 1. The index score is further divided into two equal categories of collective agency: low (0-0.4999) and high (0.5-1).
Saggurti, N., Mishra, R. M., Proddutoor, L., Tucker, S., Kovvali, D., Parimi, P., & Wheeler, T. (2013). Community collectivization and its association with consistent condom use and STI treatment-seeking behaviors among female sex workers and high-risk men who have sex with men/transgenders in Andhra Pradesh, India. AIDS care, 25(sup1), S55-S66. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2012.749334
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