RELATIVE SPOUSAL STATUS AND CHILD HEALTH IN SUB‐SAHARAN AFRICA: The Case of Ghana

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Abstract

This research examines the relationship between gender relations and decisions regarding child health and investigates the hypothesis that, in sub‐Saharan Africa, the health of children is hampered by low levels of female autonomy. Using data from Ghana's 1988 Demographic and Health Survey, the findings provide no support for a gender relations theory, suggesting that the relative power of spouses may not be as relevant in health and mortality decisions as it is in fertility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-519
Number of pages13
JournalSociological Quarterly
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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