Growth of working boys in Jordan: a cross-sectional survey using non-working male siblings as comparisons
UNSPECIFIED. (2002) Growth of working boys in Jordan: a cross-sectional survey using non-working male siblings as comparisons. CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT, 28 (1). pp. 47-49. ISSN 0305-1862Full text not available from this repository.
Objectives To study the effects of work on growth of Jordanian boys, aged 10-16 years, using non-working male siblings as controls.
Setting The Jordanian areas of lrbid, Jarash and the North Jordan Valley.
Study design Cross-sectional survey of working boys and their non-working brothers.
Main outcomes Height-for-age z-score; weight-for-age z-score.
Methods Working boys (103) and non-working male siblings (103) (nearest in age to the working child) were interviewed, with their mothers, in the family home. Heights and weights of the working boys and their non-working male siblings were measured, and capillary blood was taken for packed-cell volume estimation. Heights and weights were converted to z-scores, and means for all three outcomes were compared between working boys and non-working siblings, using independent sample t-tests. The effect of the proportion of household income contributed by the working child's income on the main outcomes, among non-working siblings, was estimated by simple linear regression.
Results Means for height-for-age z-score (p < 0.001), weight-for-age z-score (p < 0.001), and packed-cell volume (p < 0.001) among working boys were significantly lower than means for their non-working siblings. The main outcomes among non-working siblings were not significantly correlated with the proportion of household income contributed by the working child.
Conclusions The results of this study suggest that work among boys aged 10-16 years in Jordan puts them at increased risk of stunting, wasting and anaemia. Previous studies have suggested this relationship but have suffered from confounding by socioeconomic status. Comparison with non-working siblings reduces the chances of socioeconomic status confounding.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
|Journal or Publication Title:||CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBLISHING LTD|
|Official Date:||January 2002|
|Number of Pages:||3|
|Page Range:||pp. 47-49|
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