Current Research Projects
Women's autonomy and its effect on child health in The Gambia
Funded by National Science Foundation (Research Experience for Graduates)
Principal Investigator: Bettina Shell-Duncan
This REG supplement request seeks support for a student-led research project on womenG«÷s autonomy - the ability of women to make decisions and control resources - and the effect that this variable may have on child health in The Gambia. This proposal is for a pilot study, conducted by graduate student Emily Brunson, in preparation for her future dissertation work. Emily will spend one month working in the capital city of Banjul, interviewing and surveying Gambians of various ethnic backgrounds. She will collect qualitative data on womenG«÷s autonomy and child health from both men and women, and quantitative data, specifically basic anthropometrics, from children between the ages of 1 month and 15 years. The objective of this study is to gain a broader understanding of womenG«÷s autonomy and how the ability of women to make decisions and control resources may or may not impact their childrenG«÷s health.