Family Composition and Structure in Relation to Nutrition and Health Programs

  • Susan C. M. Scrimshaw
  • Gretel H. Pelto
  • Nelson Amaro


The purpose of this paper is to aid in conceptualizing and predicting outcome variables for studies of the impact of nutrition and nutrition-related health programs on family composition and structure. An attempt is made to emphasize outcome measures of potential utility to action programs. After a discussion of the relevance of the problem, this paper presents a model of the impact of health and nutrition programs on family size and structure. This model focuses on the most pertinent variables and relationships in the experience of the authors. Section three delineates some basic methodological issues, while section four presents some concrete suggestions for data collection and analysis. A true methodological manual would run to book length. We have merely highlighted several important aspects of data collection and refer the reader to other sources on methodology that we feel are particularly useful.


Family Planning Infant Mortality Family Structure Family Size Health Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan C. M. Scrimshaw
    • 1
  • Gretel H. Pelto
    • 2
  • Nelson Amaro
    • 3
  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  3. 3.Banco de Vivienda PopularGuatemala CityGuatemala

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