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ERIC Number: EJ984613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0360-7283
Social Factors Determining the Experience of Blindness among Pregnant Women in Developing Countries: The Case of India
Pandey, Shanta; Lin, Yuan; Collier-Tenison, Shannon; Bodden, Jamie
Health & Social Work, v37 n3 p157-169 Aug 2012
Approximately 10 million pregnant women around the world develop night blindness annually. In India, one in 11 pregnant women suffers from night blindness. This study used a nationally representative sample of 35,248 women from India between the ages of 15 and 49 who had given birth in the past five years to understand the effect of women's empowerment on developing blindness during pregnancy. Findings from logistic regression showed that several empowerment-related factors, including women's increased age at the birth of their first child, high school education, and participation in their own health care decisions, significantly reduced the odds of developing blindness, whereas their experience of spousal control, humiliation, and physical abuse significantly increased the odds of developing blindness during pregnancy. Interestingly, antenatal care visits that included nutritional advice and iron supplements during pregnancy had no effect on blindness after controlling for other factors. To reduce blindness during pregnancy in India, more attention should be given to delaying age at marriage and first birth; improving women and girl's education and autonomy; and implementing strategies to reduce spousal control, humiliation, and abuse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India