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Maternal Education and Child Mortality Differentials: An Upshot From the National Family Health Survey 2015-2016, India
Authors: Salim Mandal and Pradip Chouhan
Source: OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying, DOI:
Topic(s): Childhood mortality
Country: Asia
Published: OCT 2020
Abstract: Child mortality is a sociodemographical problem in India. Although nationally representative survey (National Family Health Survey) showed child mortality was gradually declining, that was not satisfactory, and child mortality differentials prevailed all over India. The study intended to identify the effect of maternal educational level along with some sociodemographical determinants on the mortality of their children. The study was run through bivariate association and logistic regression using the data from National Family Health Survey-4 (2015–2016). Findings declared that maternal education had significantly high influence (odds ratio: no education 3.9, primary 2.9, secondary 1.8; adjusted odds ratio: no education 2.9, primary 2.3, secondary 1.6) on child mortality in the Indian context.