Health, attitudes and beliefs of working women
A cross-sectional case-control study was conducted comparing working women employed by the Women's Work Centres of the Orangi Pilot Project with non-working matched controls. Differences in the knowledge, attitude and practice of several variables were elicited.
Working women's families had significantly higher immunization rates, 73% vs 55%, and shorter duration of illness, 5.9 days vs 8.8 days, compared to controls. More working than non-working women supported contraception, 100% vs 74%, desired equal education for sons and daughters (P < 0.005), and had a dominant role in family health decision-making, 48% vs 12%. We conclude that these working women in Orangi have a different set of beliefs and practices than non-working women and this may be one important factor responsible for the lower morbidity in their children.
Social Science and Medicine
(1990). Health, attitudes and beliefs of working women. Social Science and Medicine, 31(9), 1029-1033.
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