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Title:Are Pre-Schoolers from Female-Headed Households Less Malnourished? A Comparative Analysis of Results from Ghana and Kenya
Authors:Kennedy, Eileen
Haddad, Lawrence J.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Development Studies
Geographic terms:Ghana
household income
female-headed households
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Cultural Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Women and Their Children
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00220389408422332
Abstract:This paper compares household income level and preschooler weight-for-age across household groupings that are differentiated by female headship variables which are reflective of the heterogeneity of female-headed households in Kenya and Ghana. The Kenya data are from a three-year (1984-1987) intensive study of 617 households in South Nyanza District. The Ghana Living Standards Survey data are from a nationally representative survey of 3,136 households, conducted in 1987-1988. Data from Kenya indicate that it is the interaction of income and female headship at low-income levels which promotes preschooler nutritional status. For Ghana, incomes have to be quite large (in the upper tercile of the distribution) before a reduction in the child's likelihood of having a low weight-for-age is achieved through further income increases. The authors argue that an absence of complementary child health inputs is more likely for households in the Ghana sample, and that in this type of environment, differences in nurturing patterns, as proxied by headship status, will have a muted impact on child nutrition. Bibliogr., note, sum.