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Time-Use Agency Scale

Time-Use Agency Scale is a 30-item measure of time-use agency, covering intrinsic time-use agency, voice related to time use, and decision-making related to time use.

Categories

Geographies Tested: Ghana

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults

Items:

Intrinsic time-use agency
Critical consciousness.
1. Compared to a woman, a man can change his daily schedule more easily
2. Because of their responsibilities, women generally sleep less than men do
3. Because of their responsibilities, women have less leisure time than men do
4. Women’s responsibilities take more time than men’s responsibilities do

Self-efficacy
5. You feel that you can change your daily schedule
6. You feel that you can ask a household member to do some of your household duties
7. You feel that you can ask a household member to help you take care of a child or other family member
8. You feel that you can change the amount of time you spend on paid work

Response Options:
Completely disagree
Partly disagree
Partly agree
Completely agree

Instrumental time-use agency
Voice
How often do you talk with your [husband/wife] about how much time you spend or when you do the following activities:

9. Your daily schedule
10. Your agricultural activities
11. Your job or other paid work
12. Household duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, or collecting water or cooking fuel
13. Caring for household members, such as children or elderly family members
14. Visiting a friend or family member
15. Shopping, such as going to the community market
16. Attending a social gathering within the community, such as a wedding or other celebration
17. Attending a community meeting
18. Leisure activities other than resting, such as listening to music or chatting with friends.
19. Sleeping or resting

Response Options:
Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Usually
Always

Decision-making
To what extent do you decide when and the amount of time you spend on the following activities:

20. Your daily schedule
21. Your agricultural activities
22. Your job or other paid work
23. Household duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, or collecting water or cooking fuel
24. Caring for household members, such as children or elderly family members
25. Visiting a friend or family member
26. Shopping, such as going to the community market
27. Attending a social gathering within the community, such as a wedding or other celebration
28. Attending a community meeting
29. Leisure activities other than resting, such as listening to music or chatting with friends
30. Sleeping or resting

Response Options:
Not at all
Small extent
Medium extent
High extent

Scoring Procedures

Not Applicable

Original Citation

Sinharoy, S., Cheong, Y. F., Seymour, G., Heckert, J., Johnson, E., & Yount, K. M. (2022). The Time-Use Agency Scale: Development and validation of a measure for Ghana and beyond. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3986265

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