|The Relationship Between Marital Satisfaction and Women's Empowerment in Reproductive Decisions in Iran|
|Zahra Kiani1, Masoumeh Simbar2, Mahrokh Dolatian3, Farid Zayeri4|
|1Student Research Committee, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Midwifery and Reproductive Health Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4Proteomics Research Center and Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
CJMB 2019; 6: 462–465
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Keywords : Marital status, Reproductive, Decision-making, Women"s empowerment
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Objectives: Biological alterations throughout the lives of women make them highly vulnerable compared to men. Thus, being empowered to make better reproductive decisions is an important and valuable aspect of women’s lives. One of the Millennium Development Goals was women’s empowerment. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between marital satisfaction and women’s empowerment in progenitive decision-making.
Materials and Methods: This explanatory correlational study was conducted on 400 women who had referred to medical centers associated to Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Data were collected using a questionnaire encompassing the participants’ demographic information, the indices of marital satisfaction and women’s empowerment in reproductive decisions. The gathered data were evaluated via the SPSS software version 21.0.
Results: The results indicated that there was a significant relationship between female marital satisfaction and relevant reproductive empowerment (r = 0.34; P < 0.05). Based on the results, the participants also showed an average level of progenitive empowerment.
Conclusions: In general, women’s empowerment and relevant progenitive decision-makings are defined in relation to their marital satisfaction; hence both fields require undivided attention.
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