Women's well-being and reproductive health in Indian mining community

Need for empowerment

Melba Sheila D'Souza, Subrahmanya Nairy Karkada, Ganesha Somayaji, Ramesh Venkatesaperumal

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Abstract

This paper is a qualitative study of women's well-being and reproductive health status among married women in mining communities in India. An exploratory qualitative research design was conducted using purposive sampling among 40 selected married women in a rural Indian mining community. Ethical permission was obtained from Goa University. A semi-structured indepth interview guide was used to gather women's experiences and perceptions regarding well-being and reproductive health in 2010. These interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, verified, coded and then analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Early marriage, increased fertility, less birth intervals, son preference and lack of decision-making regarding reproductive health choices were found to affect women's reproductive health. Domestic violence, gender preference, husbands drinking behaviors, and low spousal communication were common experiences considered by women as factors leading to poor quality of marital relationship. Four main themes in confronting women's well-being are poor literacy and mobility, low employment and income generating opportunities, poor reproductive health choices and preferences and poor quality of martial relationships and communication. These determinants of physical, psychological and cultural well-being should be an essential part of nursing assessment in the primary care settings for informed actions. Nursing interventions should be directed towards participatory approach, informed decision making and empowering women towards better health and well-being in the mining community.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
JournalReproductive Health
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Reproductive Health
Marriage
Decision Making
Communication
Interviews
Nursing Assessment
Birth Intervals
Drinking Behavior
Domestic Violence
Qualitative Research
Women's Health
Power (Psychology)
Nuclear Family
Spouses
Health Status
Fertility
India
Primary Health Care
Nursing
Research Design

Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Gender preference
  • Marital relationship
  • Nursing
  • Qualitative design
  • Reproductive health status
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine

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Women's well-being and reproductive health in Indian mining community : Need for empowerment. / D'Souza, Melba Sheila; Karkada, Subrahmanya Nairy; Somayaji, Ganesha; Venkatesaperumal, Ramesh.

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D'Souza, Melba Sheila ; Karkada, Subrahmanya Nairy ; Somayaji, Ganesha ; Venkatesaperumal, Ramesh. / Women's well-being and reproductive health in Indian mining community : Need for empowerment. In: Reproductive Health. 2013 ; Vol. 10, No. 1.
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