A relational perspective on women's empowerment: Intimate partner violence and empowerment among women entrepreneurs in VietnamHuis, M. A., Hansen, N., Lensink, R. & Otten, S., 30-Oct-2019, In : british Journal of Social Psychology. 22 p., 12348.
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Research has mainly studied women's empowerment assessing personal (e.g., self-esteem) or relational (e.g., decision-making) empowerment indicators. Women are not isolated individuals; they are embedded in social relationships. This is especially relevant in more collectivist societies. The current research provides a relational perspective on how husbands may hamper women's empowerment by inflicting intimate partner violence (IPV) assessing women's self-reported experience. We tested the link between self-esteem and experienced IPV on financial intra-household decision-making power among women entrepreneurs (N = 1,347) in Northern Vietnam, a collectivistic society undergoing economic development. We report two measurement points. As expected, self-esteem (and not IPV) was positively related to more power in intra-household decision-making on small expenditures, which are traditionally taken by women. However, IPV (and not self-esteem) was related to less decision-making power on larger expenditures, traditionally a domain outside women's power. We test and discuss the directionality of the effects and stress the importance of considering women's close relationship when investigating signs of women's empowerment.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||british Journal of Social Psychology|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 30-Oct-2019|
- empowerment, financial intra-household decision-making, gender inequity, intimate partner violence, self-esteem, women, CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY, RURAL CREDIT PROGRAMS, SELF-ESTEEM, POSITIVE ROLE, GENDER, DYNAMICS, POWER, OWNERSHIP, DECISIONS, OFFER