Accession Number : ADA317354

Title :   Beliefs About Children's Illness Among Rural Guatemalan Women.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Pebley, Anne ; Hurtado, Elena ; Goldman, Noreen

PDF Url : ADA317354

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : In this paper we examine women's beliefs about the causes of childhood illness in rural Guatemala, using information from a qualitative survey. We focus on beliefs about the two major causes of child morbidity and mortality in developing countries: diarrhea and acute respiratory infection (ARI). Our work in this area is motivated by previous demographic research on the role of family characteristics in affecting child mortality, especially in developing countries. Much of this research suggests that some parents are more effective at preventing child mortality than others, even when economic status and living conditions are held constant (Das Gupta, 1990; Pebley, Goldman and Rodriguez, 1996). Since parents' ability to prevent children's illnesses and to seek effective treatment depends in part on their beliefs about the causes of these illnesses, increased knowledge related to parents' beliefs about illness is necessary for a better understanding of how parents make health-related choices.

Descriptors :   *ILLNESS, *CHILDREN, *RURAL AREAS, DEVELOPING NATIONS, ECONOMICS, DEMOGRAPHY, SURVEYS, DIARRHEA, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, INFECTIOUS DISEASES, MORTALITY RATE, WOMEN, LIVING STANDARDS, MORBIDITY, GUATEMALA.

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE