The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2013 , Vol 55 , Num 2
Differentials in Receiving Postpartum Care of Infants and its Determinants in Turkey
Departments of 1Technical, and 2Economic and Social Demography, Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies, Ankara, Turkey and 3Department of Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom. E-mail: The aim of this paper was to analyze the differentials in receiving postpartum care of infants in Turkey and the determinants of receiving postpartum care by infants in Turkey, using data from the 2008 Turkey Demographic and Health Survey and multivariate logistic analyses accounting for the complex sample design. The descriptive analyses indicated that the majority of infants receive postpartum care in Turkey, although there are disadvantaged groups. Analysis of the determinants of receiving postpartum care of infants indicated that the variables having the most explanatory power are bio-demographic or health-related variables that are directly related to health and/or birth. Following these variables, economic characteristics such as maternal health coverage and maternal educational level were observed to be effective, and additionally the demographic region. Keywords : postpartum care, infants, determinants, differentials, logistic regression, Turkey.
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