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Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia

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Abstract

FEIJO, Fernanda de Matos et al. Association between mothers' quality of life and infants' nutritional status. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.4, pp. 633-641. ISSN 1415-790X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-790X2011000400010.

OBJECTIVE: Determine associations between the quality of life of mothers and the nutritional status of children. METHODS: case-control study involving 152 mothers of children aged zero to five years, living in the coverage area of a basic health unit in the city of Porto Alegre. The calculation of sample size was estimated as 152 mothers - 76 mothers with children at nutritional risk/malnutrition (cases) and 76 mothers with eutrophic children (controls). Information was collected regarding the quality of life of mothers, measured by the instrument of the World Health Organization, and the association between maternal quality of life and nutritional status of children was examined. RESULTS: In relation to the psychiatric realm, for each eutrophic child whose mother has lower quality of life there is a chance of 5.4 children at nutritional risk/malnutrition with mothers in the same condition. In the environmental field, for each eutrophic child whose mother has lower quality of life there is a chance of 2.9 children at nutritional risk/malnutrition with mothers in the same condition. Regarding educational level, for each eutrophic child whose mother has lower quality of life there is a chance of 4.2 children at nutritional risk/malnutrition with mothers in the same condition. CONCLUSIONS: Mothers' low quality of life was associated with an infant in nutritional risk/malnutrition and may be a risk factor for the nutritional status of children.

Keywords : Infant nutrition disorders; Nutritional vigilance.

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