Literacy as a pathway between schooling and health-related communication skills: a study of Venezuelan mothers

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Title: Literacy as a pathway between schooling and health-related communication skills: a study of Venezuelan mothers
Author: Schnell-Anzola, Beatrice; Rowe, Meredith Lee; LeVine, Robert Alan

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Citation: Schnell-Anzola, Beatrice, Meredith L. Rowe, and Robert A LeVine. 2005. Literacy as a pathway between schooling and health-related communication skills: a study of Venezuelan mothers. International Journal of Educational Development 25, no. 1:19-37
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Abstract: This article addresses the mechanisms by which women’s schooling might affect the survival and health of their children. A theoretical model is proposed in which academic literacy skills serve as a pathway between formal schooling
and maternal health-related behaviors. The model is tested through multivariate analyses of interview and literacy data from 161 mothers in a poor, urban community in Venezuela. Results show that the academic literacy skills women learned in school and retained into adulthood, predict their health-related communication skills above and beyond the amount of schooling they received. The importance of female schooling in developing countries is discussed.
Published Version: doi:10.1016/j.ijedudev.2004.05.002
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Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:13041211
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