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Varied patterns of catch-up in child growth: Evidence from Young Lives

Anand, Paul; Behrman, Jere R.; Dang, Hai-Anh H. and Jones, Sam (2018). Varied patterns of catch-up in child growth: Evidence from Young Lives. Social Science & Medicine, 214 pp. 206–213.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.07.003
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Abstract

The development of human capabilities for many disadvantaged children around the world depends on growth recovery ('catch-up growth'). Here we develop a novel framework that allows different types of catch-up growth to be classified and estimated. We distinguish between catch-up in the mean of a group toward that of a healthy reference population versus catch-up within the group. We show these different growth types can be tested in a unified setting using a latent growth framework. We apply the results to four developing countries, using longitudinal data on 7641 children collected over the period 2002-2013. The results show catch-up growth rates are generally modest but vary significantly between countries, and that local environmental factors are material to variation in child growth trajectories. The paper discusses the benefits of the new framework versus current methods, shows that the method is feasible, and suggests they call for intervention designs that are sensitive to community and country contexts.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0277-9536
Keywords: Ethiopia; India; Peru; Vietnam; Young lives; Catch-up growth; Height; Latent growth
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 56425
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 13:37
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2020 09:10
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56425
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