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Inequalities in child mortality in Mozambique: differentials by parental socio-economic position
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2003 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, no 57, p. 2255-2264Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates the relation between socio-economic parental position (education and occupation) and child death in Mozambique using data from the Mozambican Demographic and Health Survey carried out between March and July 1997. The analysis included 9142 children born within 10 years before the survey. In spite of the Western system of classification used in the study, the results partly showed a parental socio-economic gradient of infant and child mortality in Mozambique. Father's education seemed to reflect the family's social standing in the Mozambique context, showing a strong statistical association with postneonatal and child mortality. However, maternal education as a measure of socio-economic position was not statistically significantly associated with child mortality. This finding may partly be explained by the extreme hardships experienced by the country (civil war and natural disasters) and the implementation of the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme that have also affected the health of women and their children during the years covered by this study. Other measures of socio-economic position applicable to the rural African setting should be investigated.

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2003. no 57, p. 2255-2264
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Child mortality, Socio-economic position, Mozambique
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-21539DOI: 10.1016/S0277-9536(02)00545-2PubMedID: 14572835OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-21539DiVA, id: diva2:703735
Available from: 2014-03-09 Created: 2014-03-09 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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