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Proximate determinants of child mortality in liberia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008

Omar B. Ahmad
Affiliation:
Department of Population Dynamics, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore
Isaac W. Eberstein
Affiliation:
Center for the Study of Population, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA
David F. Sly
Affiliation:
Center for the Study of Population, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA

Summary

The study looks at the effects of maternal sociodemographic characteristics and the quality of the environment on child survival through two intervening variables, breast-feeding and prenatal care. A linear structural equation modelling approach was used to examine infant and child survival based on a weighted sample of 5180 Liberian children aged 0–5 years. The findings confirm previous studies, but also reveal complex relationships of the role of education, maternal age and breast-feeding in enhancing child survival.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1991

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