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  1. Maternal comprehension of two growth monitoring charts in Sri Lanka.

    Article - En anglais


    To investigate the maternal comprehension of two different growth charts and to identify the group of mothers with poor comprehension.

    Design-An experimental prospective study

    Setting-A child welfare clinic at the De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Subjects-932 mothers were studied regarding their interpretation of the type of growth chart their infants had been allocated.

    A total of 413 mothers interpreted the'road-to-health'chart and 519 mothers interpreted the revised chart.

    A validated scoring system was used to assess comprehension.

    The two groups of mothers were comparable.


    62.4% (324) mothers who interpreted the revised chart had good comprehension.

    Only 20.6% (85) mothers had similar comprehension with the road-to-health chart.

    Education up to or beyond grade 8 in school significantly improved comprehension.

    Conclusion-The design of the growth chart has a powerful effect on maternal comprehension of growth patterns.

    Length of schooling rather than literacy alone is a marker of a comprehending mother.

    The policy implications of these findings are that governments and agencies may need to redesign parent held growth charts to achieve better comprehension by mothers.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Développement staturopondéral, Courbe croissance, Compréhension, Mère, Nutrition, Surveillance, Environnement socioculturel, Statut social, Niveau étude, Corrélation, Sri Lanka, Asie, Homme, Enfant

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Somatic growth, Growth curve, Comprehension, Mother, Nutrition, Surveillance, Sociocultural environment, Social status, Education level, Correlation, Sri Lanka, Asia, Human, Child

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0341509

    Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 12/09/1997.