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ERIC Number: EJ870326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0218-8791
Malnutrition in China's Rural Boarding Schools: The Case of Primary Schools in Shaanxi Province
Luo, Renfu; Shi, Yaojiang; Zhang, Linxiu; Liu, Chengfang; Rozelle, Scott; Sharbono, Brian
Asia Pacific Journal of Education, v29 n4 p481-501 Dec 2009
The main goal of this paper is to document the nature of boarding schools and empirically analyse the difference in nutrition intake and malnutrition status between boarding and non-boarding students in western rural China. By using two data sets on boarding schools and boarding students in Shaanxi Province, a representative province in western rural China, this paper finds that dormitory and student canteen facilities in boarding schools are under-equipped and services are of poor quality, far below that needed for student development. Poor services in boarding schools and inadequate nutrition intake may be an important cause of low student height-for-age Z-scores (HAZ), as students eating at school have a much lower HAZ on average than that of non-boarding students. Furthermore, girls and students with more siblings have relatively lower HAZ, while the higher the number of parents a student has and the more educated they are exerts a positive influence on child nutritional status. Finally, our analysis implies that the effective way to decrease the inequality of health, malnutrition and human capital between urban and rural areas in the long run is to improve the facilities and services of boarding schools in rural China. (Contains 8 tables, 4 figures and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China