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Spousal Abuse and Infant and Child Mortality in India.
Authors: Abhishek Singh, Bidhubhusan Mahapatra and Subhra Dutta*
Source: Asia-Pacific Population Journal, Aug2008, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p33-54, 22p
Topic(s): Childhood mortality
Domestic violence
Infant mortality
Country: Asia
Published: AUG 2008
Abstract: Abstract: Data from the National Family Health Survey, 1998-1999, India are used to examine the association between domestic violence and the risk of infant and child mortality in India. The study explores the association of physical violence against the nutritional status of women and children, the reporting of pregnancy intendedness and the utilization of maternal and child health services. A significant association is found between physical violence against mothers and the risk of death of their children during infancy and childhood. This risk is 9 to 12 per cent higher if the mothers have been exposed to physical violence, even after adjusting for other socio-economic and demographic variables. Battered mothers are not only less likely to utilize maternal and childcare services but also more likely to have poor nutrition. Domestic violence is an important public health concern and should be taken seriously by policymakers and planners. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]