Effect of Parental Education on their Health Seeking Behavior during Pregnancy in Pakistan: (Economic Analyses)

By Asma Ihsan, Sofia Anwar and Modassar Rahman.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This research study was planned to examine the effect of parental education on their health seeking behavior during pregnancy in Pakistan. For this the data from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) 2006-07 was utilized consisting of all four provinces in Pakistan. Parental education has a solid effect, being strongly linked with use of health care facilities in pregnancy period. Therefore effect of parental education on their health seeking behavior was estimated by employing Logistic Regression Model first at country level and then for all provinces individually. It was found that health acquiring attitude of parents depends on parental years of schooling. Health care matter like maternal and fetal care in expecting period, delivery place and person who assisted during child birth that impact child physical condition are influenced by parental year of schooling. Results confirmed that educated parents were intended to have help during pregnancy and deliverance by health professionals. Research study suggested that higher Literacy rate should be enhanced to optimize the use of accessible health resources.

Keywords: Health Behavior, Education, Pakistan, Maternal Mortality, Child Health

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp.65-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 632.063KB).

Asma Ihsan

Post Graduate Student, Department of Economics, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan

Post Graduate Student at the Department of Economics, University of Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan. The present study was part of her post graduate research work during the M. Phil. Degree.

Dr. Sofia Anwar

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan

Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan.

Modassar Rahman

Nutritional Supervisor, Health Department, Government of Punjab, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan

School Health and Nutrition Supervisor, Health Department, Government of Punjab, Sargodha, Pakistan.

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