Female Sex Worker (FSW): Collective Agency

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

ITEMS:

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?

1. Police
2. Madam / Broker
3. Local Goon
4. Client / Regular partner / Other partner

Response Options:
Yes - 1
No - 0

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

India

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

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).

PRIMARY CITATION:

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

Pyschometric 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

LOW
Total Score: 1.50/8 Points (LOW) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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

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