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Religion and child health in West and Central Africa

Karlsson, Omar LU (2019) In Population and Development Review
Abstract
Studies have suggested a causal link between behaviors and attitudes prescribed by religious doctrine and child health. However, religious affiliation can also be a marker of differential access to resources and living standards. Studies have found that children born to Muslims in West Africa have poorer health outcomes than children born to Christians. Despite coexisting within national borders, communities affiliated with these two religions are highly clustered, geographically. This study investigates differences in child health between Christians and Muslims within 13 religiously heterogeneous West and Central African countries and explores the implications of geographic clustering and community-level religious composition for child... (More)
Studies have suggested a causal link between behaviors and attitudes prescribed by religious doctrine and child health. However, religious affiliation can also be a marker of differential access to resources and living standards. Studies have found that children born to Muslims in West Africa have poorer health outcomes than children born to Christians. Despite coexisting within national borders, communities affiliated with these two religions are highly clustered, geographically. This study investigates differences in child health between Christians and Muslims within 13 religiously heterogeneous West and Central African countries and explores the implications of geographic clustering and community-level religious composition for child health. The results of the study reveal substantially worse health for Muslims living within religiously homogenous communities that are explained by measured for region, living standards, fertility, and maternal education. Conversely, Muslims and Christians coexisting within religiously heterogeneous communities showed no differences in child health. (Less)
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West Africa, Religion, Child Health, Mortality, Height-for-age
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Population and Development Review
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Wiley-Blackwell
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0098-7921
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English
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  abstract     = {Studies have suggested a causal link between behaviors and attitudes prescribed by religious doctrine and child health. However, religious affiliation can also be a marker of differential access to resources and living standards. Studies have found that children born to Muslims in West Africa have poorer health outcomes than children born to Christians. Despite coexisting within national borders, communities affiliated with these two religions are highly clustered, geographically. This study investigates differences in child health between Christians and Muslims within 13 religiously heterogeneous West and Central African countries and explores the implications of geographic clustering and community-level religious composition for child health. The results of the study reveal substantially worse health for Muslims living within religiously homogenous communities that are explained by measured for region, living standards, fertility, and maternal education. Conversely, Muslims and Christians coexisting within religiously heterogeneous communities showed no differences in child health.},
  author       = {Karlsson, Omar},
  issn         = {0098-7921},
  keyword      = {West Africa,Religion,Child Health,Mortality,Height-for-age},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {02},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Population and Development Review},
  title        = {Religion and child health in West and Central Africa},
  year         = {2019},
}