Women’s health behavior in Ghana: Effects of education, residence, lineage, self-determination and social support networks

John Boateng, Pennsylvania State University
Constance Flanagan, Pennsylvania State University

Women’s health behavior was analyzed using the 2003 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) couple’s dataset. The GDHS is a nationally representative survey providing data to monitor the population and health situation in Ghana. In this study the couple’s dataset consisting of 2133 couples was analyzed including only female respondents. Results revealed a consistent positive educational effect on hygiene and prevention behaviors. Urban living provided consistent positive results for hygiene and malaria prevention but did not significantly improve responsible sexual behavior. There were mixed results for matriliny. There was evidence that the self determination and social support variables added explanatory power in the models. For malaria prevention, these variables added explanatory power but did not mediate any effects of education, residence, or lineage. With hygiene behavior the, self determination and support network variables explained additional variance and mediated some of the effects of the demographic variables.

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Presented in Poster Session 4