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Factors affecting health-seeking behavior of mothers: evidence from the 1993-94 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey

ALI AHMED HOWLADER, MOHAMMED KABIR and MONIR UDDIN BHUIYAN
Genus
Vol. 56, No. 1/2 (Gennaio - Giugno 2000), pp. 245-258
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29788638
Page Count: 14
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Factors affecting health-seeking behavior of mothers: evidence from the 1993-94 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey
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Abstract

Il lavoro cerca di stabilire, attraverso analisi bivariate e multivariate, le relazioni esistenti tra comportamenti e caratteristiche demografiche, socio-economiche e della famiglia delle madri e la mortalità dei loro figli entro i 5 anni. I risultati suggeriscono che l'età della madre al momento della nascita del figlio, l'ordine di nascita, la lunghezza dell'intervallo precedente, lo stato di sopravvivenza del figlio precedente, il sesso del figlio e il livello d'istruzione della madre sono importanti predittivi della probabilità di sopravvivenza del bambino. Il rischio di morte è particolarmente elevato per i bambini nati da madri molto giovani e di ordine superiore al quarto. Inoltre, le bambine in Bangladesh hanno un rischio di morte significativamente più elevato di quello dei maschi. The paper investigates the health-seeking behaviour of mothers and mortality of their children. Both bivariate and multivariate analyses were carried out to understand the relationship among socio-economic, household, and demographic characteristics of the sample women and their children's' mortality differentials. The analysis suggests that age of the mother at the time of child birth, birth order, the length of previous birth interval, survival status of the previous child, sex of the child, and education level of the mothers are important predictors of child survival. Children born to very young mothers and children born after four or more previous births suffer particularly high mortality rates. Girls in Bangladesh are at significantly greater risk of dying than are boys. Cet article cherche à établir par des analyses bivariées et multivariées les relations existant entre les comportements et caractéristiques démographiques et socio-économiques des mères et de leurs familles, et la mortalité de leurs enfants avant leur cinquième anniversaire. Les résultats suggèrent les facteurs suivants comme influençant la probabilité de survie des nouveau-nés: âge de la mère à la naissance, rang de la naissance, durée de l'intervalle génésique précédent, état de survie de l'enfant précédent et son sexe, et enfin niveau d'instruction de la mère. Le risque de mortalité est particulièrement élevé chez les enfants nés d'une mère très jeune et dont le rang de naissance est supérieur à quatre. En outre, les bébés filles risquent beaucoup plus de mourir que les bébés garçons.

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