Childhood malnutrition in Egypt using geoadditive gaussian and latent variable models

KHATAB, Khaled (2010). Childhood malnutrition in Egypt using geoadditive gaussian and latent variable models. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 82 (4), 653-663.

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Major progress has been made over the last 30 years in reducing the prevalence of malnutrition amongst children less than 5 years of age in developing countries. However, approximately 27% of children under the age of 5 in these countries are still malnourished. This work focuses on the childhood malnutrition in one of the biggest developing countries, Egypt. This study examined the association between bio-demographic and socioeconomic determinants and the malnutrition problem in children less than 5 years of age using the 2003 Demographic and Health survey data for Egypt. In the first step, we use separate geoadditive Gaussian models with the continuous response variables stunting (height-for-age), underweight (weight-for-age), and wasting (weight-for-height) as indicators of nutritional status in our case study. In a second step, based on the results of the first step, we apply the geoadditive Gaussian latent variable model for continuous indicators in which the 3 measurements of the malnutrition status of children are assumed as indicators for the latent variable “nutritional status”.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.4269/ajtmh.2010.09-0501
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 12:50
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2012 12:50

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