Selected successors: an investigation of sex-differentiated parental care and child health outcomes in northwest Tanzania

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dc.contributor Oths, Kathryn S.
dc.contributor Wolfgram, Matthew S.
dc.contributor Earley, Ryan L.
dc.contributor.advisor DeCaro, Jason A. Dorsey, Achsah Foster 2017-03-01T17:09:15Z 2017-03-01T17:09:15Z 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001623
dc.identifier.other Dorsey_alatus_0004M_11986
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Profound cross-cultural differences have been observed in the relative health status of male and female children. In many cases, females grow better than males under resource-poor conditions compared to reference standards. This relationship may be explained by differential care through parenting practices, biological differences between male and females or a combination of both. This study took place in Mwanza, Tanzania, May through July 2013, with a sample of 71 mother/child dyads from four different clinics. The aim was to evaluate evidence for differential growth patterns between girls and boys under the age of 5 years, and to explain any differences by relating parenting practices to child health, demographic characteristics, household wealth, maternal wellbeing, and food insecurity. Findings from this study do not support sex differences in well-being for the child participants in the study. Child sex was not associated with diarrheal symptoms, respiratory symptoms, maternal mental health problems, food insecurity, height for age z-scores (HAz), or weight for age z-scores (WAz). Future studies will explore mediated and moderated pathways, including possible moderation of child health outcomes by sex and household structure.
dc.format.extent 104 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Cultural anthropology
dc.subject.other Biology
dc.title Selected successors: an investigation of sex-differentiated parental care and child health outcomes in northwest Tanzania
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology Anthropology The University of Alabama master's M.A.

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