The Breakthrough RESEARCH project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, developed a set of measures to reflect authoritarian attitudes of providers. These measures were validated in three phases, including quantitative field testing and improvement of survey items using qualitative cognitive interviews. This process resulted in a reliable scale consisting of 14 items (α = 0.8323)1 reflecting authoritarian attitudes related to provider attitudes about clients, their professional roles, and gender roles, and can be applied across health areas. This technical reference sheet provides information to monitoring, evaluation, and research practitioners on the resulting 14-item scale (in English and French) as well as instructions and resources for fielding and analyzing providers’ authoritarian attitudes using these measures.
Breakthrough RESEARCH. 2022. "Using the Provider Authoritarian Attitude Scale," Technical Reference Sheet. Washington, DC: Population Council.