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Commentary: maternal education accentuates girls' mortality advantage over boys'

Myrskylä, Mikko (2013) Commentary: maternal education accentuates girls' mortality advantage over boys'. International Journal of Epidemiology, 42 (1). pp. 219-220. ISSN 0300-5771

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Identification Number: 10.1093/ije/dys243


Maternal education is one of the major forces that improve child health. Empowering women with education is associated with decreasing child mortality across and within societies for boys and for girls.1–4 In this issue of the IJE, Monden and Smits analyse the Demographic and Health Surveys data and report that increasing maternal education is associated with reduced female disadvantage in under-five mortality.5 Based on historic child mortality data from societies with arguably little gender discrimination, the authors estimate a ‘gender-neutral’ male-female mortality rate ratio (MRR)—for under-five mortality this is 1.25—and show that in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, child MRR is below the ‘gender-neutral’ MRR. This relative female disadvantage is strongest among non-educated mothers and decreases with maternal education.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 09:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:42
Funders: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

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