Family Decision-Making Pattern of Husband and Wife: an Urban Case Study in Bangladesh

Khanam, Rahima (2003) Family Decision-Making Pattern of Husband and Wife: an Urban Case Study in Bangladesh. PhD thesis, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

[img] PDF
133Kb

Abstract

The focus of the study was on family decision-making pattern of husband and wife. Family decision-making pattern of husband and wife was operationalised as who makes decisions and to what extent husband and wife were involved in decision-making regarding allocation of resources within the family. The study was conducted in Mymensingh district of Bangladesh. The sample of the study consisted of 60 couples with nonworking wives and 60 couples with working wives from selected areas of Mymensingh district, Bangladesh. The data were collected using the questionnaires based on 4 interview technique. In addition, qualitative data were also collected as supportive material using focus group discussion. The study found that husbands with nonworking wives had more involved in family decisions compared to their wives. Both husbands and wives of couple with working wives jointly shared decisions on family matters. The context of the research explored the variables that significantly contribute to explaining the variation of the family decision-making pattern of husbands and wives. The results of multiple regression analyses in the wives’ model showed that wives’ education and employment were found to have a positive effect on wives’ involvement in family decision-making. The results of multiple regression analyses in stepwise method also showed that for model 1 and 2, R square was 44 percent and 56 percent. Between the two (education and employment) predictor variables, wives’ education was found to contribute more significantly towards wives’ involvement in family decision-making. The husbands’ model revealed that wives’ employment and wives’ education had a negative effect on husbands’ involvement in family decisionmaking. While husbands’ gender ideology and husbands’ training had a positive effect on husbands’ involvement in family decision-making. The results 5 of multiple regression analyses in stepwise method also revealed that for model 1, 2, 3, and 4, R Square were 34 percent, 42 percent, 45 percent and 47 percent respectively. Among the four predictor variables, wives’ employment was found to contribute more significantly towards husbands’ involvement in family decision-making. These findings indicated that wives who are unemployed their husbands tend to have more involved in family decisionmaking. Access to education and training provide women with opportunities to participate in economic activities outside home, which increase their status and enhance their role to make decision regarding allocation of resources within the family. Women’s involvement in family decision-making contributes to women’s empowerment.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Subject:Family - Decision making - Bangladesh - Case studies
Subject:Life cycle,Human - Bangladesh
Chairman Supervisor:Associate Professor Jariah Binti Masud, PhD
Call Number:FEM 2003 3
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Human Ecology
ID Code:33
Deposited By: Khairil Ridzuan Khahirullah
Deposited On:29 Apr 2008 21:38
Last Modified:27 May 2013 06:45

Repository Staff Only: Edit item detail

Document Download Statistics

This item has been downloaded for since 29 Apr 2008 21:38.

View statistics for "Family Decision-Making Pattern of Husband and Wife: an Urban Case Study in Bangladesh"


Universiti Putra Malaysia Institutional Repository

Universiti Putra Malaysia Institutional Repository is an on-line digital archive that serves as a central collection and storage of scientific information and research at the Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Currently, the collections deposited in the IR consists of Master and PhD theses, Master and PhD Project Report, Journal Articles, Journal Bulletins, Conference Papers, UPM News, Newspaper Cuttings, Patents and Inaugural Lectures.

As the policy of the university does not permit users to view thesis in full text, access is only given to the first 24 pages only.