Micro-credit, Women’s Groups, Control of Own Money: HIV-Related Negotiation Among Partnered Dominican Women
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- Ashburn, K., Kerrigan, D. & Sweat, M. AIDS Behav (2008) 12: 396. doi:10.1007/s10461-007-9263-2
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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.