Social inequality and children's growth in Guatemala.

A. R. Pebley, N. Goldman

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This paper is an investigation of the effects of social inequality in Guatemala on children's health and nutritional status as measured by attained height. Guatemala remains a highly stratified and poor society. We examine the association of land distribution, land tenure, occupation, and other aspects of family social and economic status with children's height between the ages of three months and 36 months, using data from a cross-sectional survey. An important consequence of the poverty and poor living conditions of the majority of the Guatemalan population is substantial deficits in children's growth. Our results suggest that children's growth is affected by ethnicity, their father's occupation, land distribution in the area where they live, and maternal education. Substantial growth deficits are observed among children living at altitudes above 1500 metres; we hypothesize that this is because, in Guatemala, higher altitude is associated with land scarcity, poorer agricultural conditions, and greater remoteness from transport networks and other public services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalHealth transition review : the cultural, social, and behavioural determinants of health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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