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Maternal Education and its Impact on Child Health Outcomes

Author: Bc. Miriama Tóthová
Year: 2016 - summer
Leaders: doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D.
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 80
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Abstract: The aim of the presented thesis is to examine the relationship between maternal
educational attainment and child health outcomes. The study attempts
to distinguish between child’s nutritional status and mother’s health-seeking
behaviour which is measured by child’s immunization status. Hypotheses are
tested using a probit regression model based on the Demographic and Health
Surveys data from two Sub-Saharan countries, namely Ethiopia and Kenya.
The empirical results suggest that there is a strong significant relationship
between maternal education and child’s chronic malnutrition, while the maternal
education effect attenuates after inclusion of possible channels in the
regressions explaining child’s acute malnutrition and child’s immunization
status. The education effect on the probability of having diarrhea has shown
to be insignificant. Furthermore, the effect does not differ either by the sex
of the child nor by the place of residence. Lastly, we observe that secondary
education represents the most important influence on the child health quality


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