Rural/Urban Differences in Child Growth and Survival in Bolivia
rural sociology, Bolivia, community conditions
Abstract Using data from a national survey in Bolivia and from a regional sample of poor communities in two regions of Bolivia, we model the effects of community conditions, household characteristics, and social relations on child health as measured by child mortality and stunted growth. Based on national data, children in rural areas are twice as likely to die before the age of two than are children in large cities, and about one‐third of the children in rural areas are stunted. Including measures of community, household, and maternal characteristics accounts for at least two‐thirds of the urban/rural difference in child health. We conclude that expansion of health services, improvements in household and community sanitation, and socioeconomic development are all needed to overcome the rural disadvantage in child health.
Original Publication Citation
Heaton, Tim B. and Renata Forste. 2003.“Rural/Urban Differences in Child Growth and Survival in Bolivia.” Rural Sociology,68(3):410-433
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Heaton, Tim B. and Forste, Renata, "Rural/Urban Differences in Child Growth and Survival in Bolivia" (2009). Faculty Publications. 2799.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
2003 Rural Sociological Society