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Document Type

Research

Abstract

In many societies, women have been socialized to provide care and maintenance to the family unit by procuring and preparing food, giving care to dependent family members, and by socializing children to become productive adults. Thus, women's roles within families have positioned them to become health managers or promoters of overall family health, particularly for children in developing countries whose lives are directly linked to that of their mothers. The authors propose that efforts to improve the health of children should focus on the family unit as a whole, with a particular focus on the mother or mother figures of the family. Using a systems approach which centers on the mother-child dyad, this paper suggests a model to facilitate women/ mothers' functioning as family health managers for the well-being of children. Policy implications for promoting the role of mothers as family health managers are also discussed.

Publication Date

2005

Journal Title

International Journal of Global Health and Health Disparities

Volume

4

Issue

1

First Page

30

Last Page

42

Copyright

© Copyright 2005 by the International Journal of Global Health and Health Disparities

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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Public Health Commons

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