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The effect of a savings intervention on women’s intimate partner violence victimization: heterogeneous findings from a randomized controlled trial in Colombia

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dc.contributor.author Tankard, Margaret
dc.contributor.author Levy Paluck, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Prentice, Deborah
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-26T14:34:29Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-26T14:34:29Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Tankard, Margaret; Levy Paluck, Elizabeth; Prentice, Deborah. (2019). The effect of a savings intervention on women’s intimate partner violence victimization: heterogeneous findings from a randomized controlled trial in Colombia. BMC Women’s Health, 19(17), 11 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://bmcwomenshealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12905-019-0717-2
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1438
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Women’s economic empowerment has long been assumed to lead to their social empowerment, but systematic tests of this relationship have only recently begun to appear in the literature. Theory predicts that control over resources, as through a savings account, may increase women’s negotiating power and self-efficacy. In this way, “economic empowerment” may lead to “social empowerment,” and have related benefits such as helping to reduce risk of intimate partner violence (IPV). The current study tests effects of an economic empowerment intervention on women’s social empowerment, IPV victimization, and health. Methods: We conducted an 18-month randomized controlled trial among 1,800 urban poor women in Colombia between 2013 and 2015. The trial tested the impact of a savings account offer bundled with health services (vs. health services alone) on social empowerment outcomes, IPV victimization, and health. Results: The bundled savings treatment did not have average effects on most outcomes, although it produced a small significant increase in financial participation and decrease in symptoms of depression. Treatment effects on perceived norms, decision-making patterns, self-reported IPV victimization, and health depended on whether women’s partnerships were free of violence when they entered the trial; specifically, women in nonviolent partnerships at baseline showed more positive effects of the intervention. Conclusions: Although bundling economic empowerment interventions with support features has been shown to empower poor women, this trial found that a bundled treatment did not on average improve most social and health outcomes of poor women experiencing IPV. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BMC Women’s Health en_US
dc.subject Research en_US
dc.subject Randomized Controlled Trial en_US
dc.subject Survey Results en_US
dc.subject Female en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Urban en_US
dc.subject Poor en_US
dc.subject Low-Income en_US
dc.subject Economic Disparities en_US
dc.subject Treatment en_US
dc.subject Intervention en_US
dc.subject Financial Assistance en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Financial Impact en_US
dc.subject Health Consequences en_US
dc.subject Empowerment en_US
dc.subject Flexible Funding en_US
dc.subject Monetary Support en_US
dc.subject Social Services en_US
dc.subject International
dc.subject Colombia
dc.title The effect of a savings intervention on women’s intimate partner violence victimization: heterogeneous findings from a randomized controlled trial in Colombia en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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