Skip to main content


Bender, Deborah E.; Ribera, Tirsa; & Madonna, Donna (1993). Rural Origin as a Risk Factor for Maternal and Child Health in Periurban Bolivia. Social Science & Medicine, 37(11), 1345-1349.


Rapid migration in Latin America is settling rural women and their families next to those of urban origin in sprawling urban settings. Those born and reared in rural areas bring with them knowledge and skills learned and adapted to rural areas; those same skills may be maladaptive in urban areas. Hypothesized is that urban women of rural origin are more likely to have poorer health outcomes for themselves and their children than lifelong urban counterparts. Identification of specific risk factors affecting child and/or maternal health status in peri-urban barrios can assist health workers to target limited resources to those least likely to access available services.


Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published


Journal Title

Social Science & Medicine


Bender, Deborah E.
Ribera, Tirsa
Madonna, Donna