Pathways of the determinants of unfavourable birth outcomes in Kenya


Magadi, Monica, Diamond, Ian, Madise, Nyovani and Smith, Peter (2003) Pathways of the determinants of unfavourable birth outcomes in Kenya. Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 37pp. (S3RI Applications and Policy Working Papers, (A03/03) ).

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This paper explores the pathways of the determinants of unfavourable birth outcomes, such as premature birth, the size of the baby at birth, and Caesarean section deliveries in Kenya, using graphical loglinear chain models. The results show that a number of factors which do not have direct associations with unfavourable birth outcomes contribute to these outcomes indirectly through intermediate factors. Marital status, the desirability of a pregnancy, the use of family planning, and access to health facilities have no direct associations with poor birth outcomes, such as premature births and the small size of the baby at birth, but are linked to these outcomes through antenatal care. Antenatal care is identified as a central link between various socio- demographic or reproductive factors and birth outcomes.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 8138
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2004
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:00
Publisher: Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/8138

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