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Family structure and children's nutritional status in Tanzania

Sichona, J., F. (2001) Family structure and children's nutritional status in Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Population Studies and Development, 8 (1&2). pp. 91-109.

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The 1996 Tanzania Demographic and Health Survey (TDHS) data is used to examine the factors that affect the nutritional status of children age three years and under. The logistics regression model was used to determine the effects of marriage structures, household food security, regional zones and place of residence on the nutritional status of children. The analysis was based on 3,498 children aged not more than three years and whose weights and heights were measured. The results show that the nutritional status of children is largely associated with the age of the child, food availability, maternal education, place of residence, where the child is born single or twin and the regional zone. In order to improve the nutritional status off these children, it is suggested that public health interventions be introduced where they are not existent and improved upon where they are already in place.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: children's nutrition, Tanzania, Health Survey, Family structure, regression model
Subjects: Nutrition & food security > Food security
Divisions: Ifakara Health Institute > Biomedical
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2012 08:57
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2012 08:57

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