Research on the effects of socioeconomic disadvantage and women's status on women's health is important for policy makers in developing countries, where limited resources make it crucial to use existing maternal and child health care resources to the best advantage.
Using a community-based data set collected prospectively in Cameroon, this study attempts to understand the extent to which socioeconomic factors and women's status have influences on women's health.
The most important finding is that the burden of illness rests disproportionately on the economically disadvantaged women and on those with low social status.
The long-term effects of social disadvantage are apparent in the excesses of morbidity among women who are not employed at the time of their children's birth, women living in poor neighborhoods, and those living in households without modern amenities.
The maternal morbidity patterns during the postpartum period indicate that the women's reports of their recovery and health status from childbirth extend far beyond the first few weeks that previous studies have focused on.
From a theoretical perspective, this study has demonstrated the importance of the « intermediate » framework for the study of women's health : the operations of effects of number of background characteristics are mediated by more proximate determinants of women's health. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Morbidité, Femme, Homme, Epidémiologie, Statut socioéconomique, Classe sociale, Activité professionnelle, Modèle statistique, Cameroun, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Morbidity, Woman, Human, Epidemiology, Socioeconomic status, Social class, Professional activity, Statistical model, Cameroon, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0244818
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 11/06/1997.