The impact of husbands' involvement in goal-setting training on women's empowerment

First evidence from an intervention among female microfinance borrowers in Sri Lanka

Marloes Anne Huis*, Nina Hansen, Sabine Otten, Robert Lensink

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Abstract

Offering women access to microcredit and business training is a prominent approach to stimulate women's empowerment. Whereas men seem to profit from business training, women do not. We adjusted a goal-setting training session on the basis of women's needs in collaboration with a women organization in Sri Lanka. We invited female microfinance borrowers and their husbands to the training as both parties should be involved to change existing gender roles with respect to their income-generating activity. We investigated the impact of the training on goal-setting skills, self-esteem, and the couples' interaction in a subsequent task. In two field experiments, female borrowers and their husbands (nstudy1 = 68; nstudy2 = 76) were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (a) goal-setting training and setting goals as couple, (b) goal-setting training and setting goals individually, or (c) no training (control condition). Participation in the training increased women's SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time bound) goal-setting skills. We coded couples' interactions in a subsequent decision-making task to assess signs of women's empowerment. Descriptively, we found some initial evidence of increased women's empowerment in the interaction (Study 2). We critically discuss results and how gendered power imbalances may need to be addressed to stimulate social change towards gender equity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-351
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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Power (Psychology)
women's organization
Social Change
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gender role
Decision Making
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Keywords

  • empowerment
  • goal setting
  • partner interaction
  • training
  • women

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