Micro-credit, women's groups, control of own money: HIV-related negotiation among partnered Dominican women

Kim Ashburn, Deanna Kerrigan, Michael Sweat

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Abstract

A sample of 356 members of women's groups, aged 18-49, in the Dominican Republic were interviewed by trained female interviewers. Data among 273 partnered women were analyzed. The dependent variable, a measure of HIV-related negotiation, was examined for associations with control of own money, level of women's group participation, and ever having received a loan through a micro-credit program. Findings suggest control of own money to be significantly associated with HIV-related negotiation. Ever having received a loan and level of women's group participation, however, were not significantly associated with HIV-related negotiation. Empowerment measured as control of own money may influence HIV protective behavior among partnered women in this setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-403
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

Keywords

  • Dominican Republic
  • Empowerment
  • Group participation
  • HIV prevention
  • Micro-credit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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