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The Relationship between Mental Health of Mothers and Anthropometric Indices of Height and Weight in Children of Ardabil Health Care Centers in 1394The Relationship between Mental Health of Mothers and Anthropometric Indices of Height and Weight in Children of Ardabil Health Care Centers in 1394
P Molavi, A Shargi, M Nadermohammadi , H Salvat, P Tavakoli
Ardabil University of Medical Sciences
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Background & objectives: Anthropometric indices are one of the reliable criteria for assessing children's health status, since the mother's psychological characteristics and conditions can greatly affect the quality of her relationship with the child. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between maternal mental health and children's anthropometric indices in mothers and children referred to Ardabil health centers in 2015.
Methods: This is a descriptive-analytic study of cross-sectional type. 117 mothers and their children (under 5 years old) referred to the health centers of the Ardabil city were selected by random sampling method. To collect the information needed from mothers, a demographic questionnaire and a GHQ-28 questionnaire were used. Children's anthropometric indices were used to collect the information about children. Data were analyzed by SPSS-16 software, using correlation analysis and independent t-test.
Results: The results of this study showed that 59% of women were suspected of having mental problems which included social functioning problem (94.9%), anxiety (38.5%), physiological (41%) and depression (5.14%). Also, the means of weight and height indices of children were 37.84±31.31 and 39.57±32.17, respectively. The results of statistical analysis showed that 69.2% of children had a weight index of less than 50 and 61.5% had a height index of lower than 50. Also, statistical results showed the correlation only between the maternal somatization subscale with child weight (p<0.01). For others, no correlation was observed between the variables with the weight and height indices of the child.
Conclusion: The data obtained from this study show that the mental health of mothers can play an important role in the growth and development of children. Therefore, health care providers' awareness of changes in women's mental health status is important for planning toward improving their mental health and the anthropometric indices of their children.
Keywords: Maternal Mental Health, Anthropometric Weight & Height Indices in Children
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2019/09/18 | Accepted: 2019/09/18 | Published: 2019/09/18
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Molavi P, Shargi A, Nadermohammadi M, Salvat H, Tavakoli P. The Relationship between Mental Health of Mothers and Anthropometric Indices of Height and Weight in Children of Ardabil Health Care Centers in 1394The Relationship between Mental Health of Mothers and Anthropometric Indices of Height and Weight in Children of Ardabil Health Care Centers in 1394. j.health. 2019; 10 (3) :336-345
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