Effects of Maternal Decisional Authority and Media Use on Vaccination for Children in Asian Countries
AbstractBackground and objectives: It is now accepted that vaccination is a critical public health strategy in preventing child morbidity and mortality. Understanding factors that promote vaccination is a critical first step. The objective of this study was to investigated associations of maternal decisional authority and media use on vaccination for children in six South and Southeast Asian countries. Materials and Methods: Data come from demographic and health surveys conducted in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines between 2011 and 2014 (N = 45,168 women). Main outcome variables were four types of basic vaccination for children. Independent variables were maternal decisional authority and media use. Hierarchical multivariable regression analyses were performed to examine associations. Results: Children of mothers who had more decisional authority were more likely to be vaccinated compared to those participants who did not have such authority. The likelihood to have their children vaccinated was higher among women who frequently used media than those who did not use media. Conclusions: Maternal decisional authority and media use are related to improved vaccination for children. To increase vaccination rates in developing countries in South and Southeast Asia, programs and policies that promote maternal decisional authority and the use of media for health need to be implemented to help families and local communities. View Full-Text
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Sohn, M.; Lin, L.; Jung, M. Effects of Maternal Decisional Authority and Media Use on Vaccination for Children in Asian Countries. Medicina 2018, 54, 105.
Sohn M, Lin L, Jung M. Effects of Maternal Decisional Authority and Media Use on Vaccination for Children in Asian Countries. Medicina. 2018; 54(6):105.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sohn, Minsung; Lin, Leesa; Jung, Minsoo. 2018. "Effects of Maternal Decisional Authority and Media Use on Vaccination for Children in Asian Countries." Medicina 54, no. 6: 105.
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