The purpose of this study was to identify caregiver characteristics that influence child nutritional status in rural Chad, when controlling for socioeconomic factors.
Variables were classified according to the categories of a UNICEF model of care : caregiving behaviors, household food security, food and economic resources and resources for care and health resources.
Sixty-four households with 98 children from ages 12 to 71 mo were part of this study.
Caregivers were interviewed to collect information on number of pregnancies, child feeding and health practices, influence on decisions regarding child health and feeding, overall satisfaction with life, social support, workload, income, use of income, and household food expenditures and consumption.
Household heads were questioned about household food production and other economic resources.
Caregiver and household variables were classified as two sets of variables, and separate regression models were run for each of the two sets.
Significant predictors of height-for-age were then combined in the same regression model.
Caregiver influence on child-feeding decisions, level of satisfaction with life, willingness to seek advice during child illnesses, and the number of individuals available to assist with domestic tasks were the caregiver factors associated with children's height-for-age. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin parental, Etat nutritionnel, Statut socioéconomique, Malnutrition, Alimentation, Aidant, Enfant, Homme, Nutrition, Développement staturopondéral, Tchad, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Parental care, Nutritional status, Socioeconomic status, Malnutrition, Feeding, Caregiver, Child, Human, Nutrition, Somatic growth, Chad, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0259795
Code Inist : 002B29A. Création : 16/11/1999.