Associations of maternal resources with care behaviours differ by resource and behaviour

August 11, 2020

This study examines how maternal resources for care, including maternal education, knowledge, height, nourishment, mental well-being, decision-making autonomy, employment, support in chores, and perceived instrumental support, are associated with care behaviors, such as IYCF, hygiene, health-seeking, and family care behaviors. All resources for care were found to be associated with care behaviors; however, associations differed by type of resource and care behavior, with some negative associations. Results suggest that improving resources for care available to mothers, including education, knowledge, nutritional status, mental well-being, autonomy, and social support, would facilitate improved provision of care for children.