To investigate the maternal comprehension of two different growth charts and to identify the group of mothers with poor comprehension.
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
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0341509
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 12/09/1997.