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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 33, No. 2, 2015, pp. 1-7
Bioline Code: hn15029
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2015, pp. 1-7

 en Association between intimate partner violence and child morbidity in South Asia
Ferdousy, Elma Z. & Matin, Mohammad A.


Background: This study investigates the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) against women and its impact on child morbidity in the south Asian region.
Methods: The analysis uses logistic regression models with cross sectional nationally representative data from three countries - Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The data have been pooled from ‘Demographic and Health Surveys’ (DHS) of Bangladesh, Nepal and ‘National Family and Health Survey’ (NFHS) of India.
Results: The study revealed that after controlling for potential confounders, children of mothers experiencing physical violence, sexual violence or both were more likely to have Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) (ORadj 1.57; 95 % CI 1.48–1.67), fever (ORadj 1.44; 95 % CI 1.35–1.54) and diarrhea (ORadj 1.56; 95 % CI 1.44–1.69).
Conclusions: The results highlight that IPV can influence childhood morbidity and support the need to address IPV with a greater focus within current child nutrition and health programs and policies.

Intimate partner violence; Childhood morbidity; South Asian Region; Bangladesh DHS; India DHS; Nepal DHS

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