In this research paper, we look at decision-making by women in India from a contextual perspective. This study looks at decision making by women as based on four possible contexts that may arise, and where decisions are called for. These contexts are qualified based on two broad parameters, namely the level of involvement (dictated by the stakes at play) and the predisposition displayed. Involvement is qualified as high or low (on a continuum), whilst predisposition is stated as either cognitive or affective. The results of the research study reveal a difficult act of balancing that women have to do in terms of decision making at home. They need to get their decisions, whether it is about their career, or their choice of mate, about home, marriage, children ratified by their husbands or parents, women also try to ensure that such decisions do not reflect poorly on their homes. This calls for them to balance between options and often sacrifice their self-interest in the interest of their “home.”
Women, Decision-Making, Contexts, Cognitive, Affective
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Titus, R., Sengupta, D., & Madan, S. (2017). A Woman as a Decision-Maker: Exploring the "Lived Experience" at Home and Outside. The Qualitative Report, 22(5), 1379-1394. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2383