Compendium of Gender Scales

Sep 2011 Producer/Author: C-Change, FHI 360


The Compendium of Gender Scales was created by C-Change following a March 2010 meeting of gender and reproductive health experts. The compendium summarizes eight gender scales: 1. Couple communication on sex; 2. Women’s empowerment; 3. Gender beliefs; 4. Gender equitable men; 5. Gender norm attitudes; 6. Gender relations; 7. Household decision-making; and 8. Sexual relationship power. The summaries include the following elements for each scale: objectives, types of items, scoring procedures, behaviors or outcomes predicted, statistics used to test predictive validity, and countries where tested. Health and development practitioners can use these scales to measure adherence to gender norms that function as barriers to health and measure the success of interventions that aim to change these norms. Health and development practitioners can use the compendium’s gender scales to assess gender-related beliefs and evaluate the success of their interventions, such as those addressing contraceptive use, partner reduction, and gender-based violence. These analyses can help programs more effectively address gender norms that function as barriers to health. Recommended citation: Nanda, Geeta. 2011. Compendium of Gender Scales. Washington, DC: FHI 360/C-Change.

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