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The Role of Maternal Literacy in Reducing the Risk of Child Malnutrition in India

Borooah, Vani (2009) The Role of Maternal Literacy in Reducing the Risk of Child Malnutrition in India. In: Gender and Discrimination: Health, Nutritional Staus and Role of Women in India. (Eds: Pal, Manoranjan, Bharati, Premananda, Ghosh, Bholanath and Vasulu, TS), Oxford University Press, pp. 141-162. ISBN 978-019-806029-1 [Book section]

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This study uses unit-record data on over 50,000 rural children, from the sixteen major states of India, to analyse the determinants of the risks of severe stunting and of being severely underweight. The importance of this study derives from the fact that the prevalence of under-nourishment in India is, even relative to other poor countries, shockingly high. The study focuses on the role of maternal literacy in reducing the risk of child malnourishment. It concludes that when the mother is literate, real benefits flow to children in terms of reduced risk; the same benefits, however, do not flow when the father, but not the mother, is literate. Literate mothers make more effective use of health-care institutions, like anganwadis and hospitals. Consequently, the benefits to children from expanding the supply of such institutions are greater when these institutions interact with mothers who are literate.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Child Malnutrition, Maternal Literacy, Bivariate Probit Model
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:9068
Deposited By: Professor Vani Borooah
Deposited On:25 Jan 2010 15:46
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 10:40

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