Helpdesk Report: Child Health and Parents' Education
What is the evidence about the associations between child health outcomes and mothers' (or parents') education? Does education have an impact on child survival and where are published papers about this? How much education delivers what kind of impact? What is the nature of the difference (for example, better preventive management of children in the home, improved income, strengthened decision-making about seeking care, adherence to treatment etc.)?
This review shows that there is evidence of an association between child health outcomes and parents' education. This relationship is particularly pronounced when considering the impact of maternal education.
Holley, C. Helpdesk Report: Child Health and Parents’ Education. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2011) 22 pp.