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Infant and Child Mortality in Three Culturally Contrasting States of India

Citation

Griffiths, Paula L.; Hinde, Andrew; & Matthews, Zoë (2001). Infant and Child Mortality in Three Culturally Contrasting States of India. Journal of Biosocial Science, 33(4), 603-22.

Abstract

Using cross-sectional, individual-level survey data from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh collected under the Indian National Family Health Survey programme of 1992-93, statistical modelling was used to analyse the impact of a range of variables on the survival status of children during their first 2 years of life. Attention was focused on the potential impact of the mother's autonomy. The strongest predictors of mortality were demographic and biological factors, breast-feeding behaviour, and use and knowledge of health services. Variables that can be interpreted as being related to maternal autonomy, such as the presence of a mother-in-law in the household, did not have a significant direct effect on child survival at the individual level, and their indirect effects were very limited.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0021932001006034

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Biosocial Science

Author(s)

Griffiths, Paula L.
Hinde, Andrew
Matthews, Zoë

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

33

Issue Number

4

Pages

603-22

Reference ID

1693