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Type Journal Article - Sociological quarterly
Title Relative spousal status and child health in sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana
Volume 35
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1994
Page numbers 507-519
URL http://www.popline.org/node/287718
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.

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