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Mothers’ intra-household decision making autonomy and its associations with the dietary diversity of 6-24 month old children in Majune, Mozambique: a cross-sectional study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, International Maternal and Child Health (IMCH).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Chronic undernutrition in children <5 is a public health concern in rural Mozambique. In this context, maternal autonomy may be an important factor influencing mothers’ abilities of providing their children with diverse and nutritious foods. Objective: To evaluate the associations between mothers’ intra-household decision making autonomy and the dietary diversity of 6-24 month old children in rural Mozambique.   Design: Cross-sectional. Children’s dietary diversity was evaluated based on the number of food groups consumed over a 24-hour period. Maternal autonomy was assessed using a tenitem questionnaire. On the basis of their answers an averaged sum-score was calculated which then was categorized into tertiles of autonomy. Information on household, maternal and child characteristics were treated as covariates. Multiple logistic regression was carried out to investigate crude and adjusted associations. Subjects and setting: 172 mother-child dyads in Majune, Mozambique.  Results: Adequate dietary diversity was found in 9.3% of the studied children. Children of mothers belonging to the middle and lowest autonomy-tertiles were less likely to have an adequate dietary diversity (aOR: 0.16, CI: 0.03-0.74 and aOR: 0.04, CI: <0.001-0.33, respectively) as compared to children of mothers belonging to the highest autonomy-tertile.  Conclusions: Policies and interventions that promote the empowerment of women could have the potential benefit of impacting mothers’ abilities of providing their children with diverse and nutritious foods. Actions that target agricultural development as well as stimulate the creation of income-generating livelihood opportunities also need to be considered in order to effectively improve the diversity of children’s complementary food diets

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2015.
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Maternal autonomy - Child nutrition - Dietary diversity - Mozambique
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304060OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304060DiVA: diva2:998697
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Master Programme in International Health
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2015-06-02, Rosénsalen, Ingång 95/96 Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, 20:20 (English)
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Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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