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Soc Sci Med. 2005 Jan;60(2):395-407.

Maternal education and child nutritional status in Bolivia: finding the links.

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Office of Population Research, Wallace Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA. mbfrost@princeton.edu

Abstract

This study models various pathways linking maternal education and child nutritional status in Bolivia, using a national sample of children. Pathways examined include socioeconomic status, health knowledge, modern attitudes towards health care, female autonomy, and reproductive behavior. The data come from the 1998 Bolivia Demographic and Health Survey. Logistic regression results suggest that socioeconomic factors are the most important pathways linking maternal education and child nutritional status, and that modern attitudes about health care also explain the impact of education. Health care knowledge accounts for less of the effect of maternal education on child nutritional status, with autonomy being the weakest pathway. Other pathways, such as reproductive behaviors, appear to influence nutritional status independent of maternal education. Overall, the pathways examined accounted for 60 percent of the effect of maternal education on child nutritional status.

PMID:
15522494
DOI:
10.1016/j.socscimed.2004.05.010
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