Impact of Health-Related Family Factors on School Enrollment in Bolivia: Implications for Health Education


Human Capital, Socioeconomic Status, Health Education, Mothers, Foreign Countries, Enrollment Trends, Family Environment, Family Influence, Family Income, Parent Influence, Educational Attainment, Socioeconomic Influences, Knowledge Level, Access to Education, Gender Differences, Demography


This study identified the extent to which family factors increase school enrollment in Bolivia, after adjusting for human and financial capital. The sample was drawn from the 1998 Demographic and Health Survey. Logistic regression models were used to determine the effect of human capital, financial capital and family factors on school enrollment. Results of the study indicated that mother's education, the socioeconomic status of the family and the mother's knowledge of health issues all influence children's school enrollment. Mothers who were able to correctly identify when during their ovulatory cycle they could conceive were 1.5 times (p-value =0.012) more likely to have their children enrolled in school. The odds of children being enrolled in school also went up with increases in the mother's education and the family's socioeconomic status, and decreased for girls. Result indicated that school enrollment in Bolivia may be increased by addressing the health knowledge of mothers as well as human, financial, and demographic factors of the family. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)

Original Publication Citation

Madanat, Hala, Kirk Dearden, Tim Heaton, and Renata Forste. 2005. “Impact of Health-Related Family Factors on School Enrollment in Bolivia: Implications for Health Education.” International Electronic Journal of Health Education. 8:167-177

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International Electronic Journal of Health Education




Family, Home, and Social Sciences



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Full Professor