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The Association Between Household Consumer Durable Assets and Maternal Health-Seeking Behavior in Ghana
Authors: Eric Ansong
Source: Women & Health, 55(5): 485-504, DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2015.1022815
Topic(s): Antenatal care
Delivery care
Maternal health
Reproductive health
Women's health
Country: Africa
Published: JUL 2015
Abstract: This article examined the association between household consumer durable assets and maternal health-seeking behavior. Several studies have suggested a relationship between households’ socioeconomic status (SES) and health outcomes. However, SES is a multidimensional concept that encompasses variables, such as wealth, education, and income. By grouping these variables together as one construct, prior studies have not provided enough insight into possible independent associations with health outcomes. This study used data from the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey of 2,065 women aged between 15 and 49 years to examine the association between household consumer durables (a component of SES) and maternal health-seeking behavior in Ghana. Results from a set of generalized linear models indicated that household consumer durable assets were positively associated with four measures of maternal health-seeking behaviors, namely, seeking prenatal care from skilled health personnel, delivery by skilled birth attendant, place of delivery, and the number of antenatal visits. Also, households with more assets whose residents lived in urban areas were more likely to use skilled health personnel before and during delivery, and at an approved health facility, compared those who lived in rural areas. Implications for health interventions and policies that focus on the most vulnerable households are discussed.