ERIC Number: EJ698044
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Publication Date: 2005-Jan
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Literacy as a Pathway between Schooling and Health-Related Communication Skills: A Study of Venezuelan Mothers
Schnell-Anzola, Beatrice; Rowe, Meredith L.; LeVine, Robert A.
International Journal of Educational Development, v25 n1 p19-37 Jan 2005
This article addresses the mechanisms by which women's schooling might affect the survival and health of their children. A theoretical model is proposed in which academic literacy skills serve as a pathway between formal schooling and maternal health-related behaviors. The model is tested through multivariate analyses of interview and literacy data from 161 mothers in a poor, urban community in Venezuela. Results show that the academic literacy skills women learned in school and retained into adulthood, predict their health-related communication skills above and beyond the amount of schooling they received. The importance of female schooling in developing countries is discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mothers, Communication Skills, English for Academic Purposes, Literacy
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Identifiers - Location: Venezuela