|The Relationship Between Marital Satisfaction and Female Empowerment in Progenitive 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
4 Proteomics Research Center and Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Paramedical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Keywords : Marital Status, power, Reproductive, Decision-making, women
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Objectives: Biological alterations throughout the lives of women makes 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 empowerment in progenitive decision making.
Materials and Methods: This explanatory correlational research was conducted on 400 women that were referred to medical centers associated to Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Data were collected using a questionnaire on the participants" demographic information, the indices of marital satisfaction and female empowerment in reproductive decisions questionnaire. The gathered information was evaluated via the SPSS 21.
Results: The results indicate that there is a significant relationship among female marital satisfaction and relevant reproductive empowerment (r = 0.34; p < 0.05). The results also showed that the participants showed progenitive empowerment at an average level.
Conclusion: According to the results of this study, women"s empowerment in progenitive decisions is related to their marital satisfaction and that both fields necessitate more focus.
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