Parental Awareness towards Child Health: A Study on the Parents of High School Students at Khulna City Corporation in Bangladesh

Author:- Nishad Nasrin, Md. Imran Hossain, Sk. Faijan Bin Halim and Sazia Ahmed
Category:- Journal; Year:- 2021
Discipline:- Economics Discipline
School:- Social Science School


Parents’ awareness regarding child health has a significant influence on physical and psychological issues. This study aims to explore the implication of parents’ behavior and attitude on the mental and physical health status of secondary education level children. A total of 130 respondents (either father or mother) is selected using the snowball sampling technique from Khulna City Corporation (KCC), Bangladesh. This study has applied Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Ordinary Least Square (OLS) techniques for analyzing data. Results reveal that household structure (joint or nuclear) have significant implications in shaping the physical and mental health status of children. A poor level of parental awareness and care may lead children into depression and impede their mental growth. However, regression results postulate that parents’ awareness and spending more time with children is significantly related to the physical and mental fitness of their children which in turn keeps them on the right track. This study has predominantly explored to what extent parents' awareness matters for improving child physical and mental health status. Thus, parents’ awareness regarding child healthcare issues is indispensable.

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