This study examines reasoning about the cause and treatment of three types of childhood protein energy malnutrition (PEM) by 108 mothers in rural South India.
The mothers were interviewed and their explanations of the childhood nutritional problems were verbally recorded, transcribed and then analyzed using cognitive methods of analysis.
The results indicated that knowledge and practices associated with traditional systems of Indian medicine prevalent in rural areas greatly influenced the mothers'reasoning.
Their explanations were shown to have story-like structures, with sequences of events linked by strong causal explanations.
Mothers with higher levels of formal education showed greater verbal use of concepts related to biomedical theories of nutritional disorders.
Mots-clés Pascal : Malnutrition, Enfant, Homme, Médecine traditionnelle, Inde, Asie, Déficit, Protéine, Enquête, Mère, Connaissance, Milieu culturel, Milieu rural, Etat nutritionnel, Raisonnement, Education nutritionnelle, Prévention
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Malnutrition, Child, Human, Folk medicine, India, Asia, Deficiency, Proteins, Inquiry, Mother, Knowledge, Cultural environment, Rural environment, Nutritional status, Reasoning, Nutrition education, Prevention
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0603534
Code Inist : 002B29B. Création : 199406.