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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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FUJIMORI, Elizabeth et al. Social reproduction and anemia in infancy. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.2, pp. 245-251. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000200012.

This study assessed the relationship between anemia in infancy and the social reproduction profile of the families. It was conducted with a representative sample of 254 children of the city of Itupeva, SP. Hemoglobin < 11g/dL, determined by portable hemoglobin analyzer, was used to define anemia. Profiles of social reproduction had been built by 2 groups of indicators: working and living conditions. Three social homogeneous groups had been defined: upper, intermediate, lower. Anemia was prevalent in 41.7%, and more frequent in lower social groups (13.2%; 40.6%; 46.2%), but with no significant difference (p>0.05). However, profile of social reproduction of anemic families showed significant difference (p<0.05). Occurrence of anemia was related to poor working conditions in lower social groups and consequently inappropriate living conditions.

Keywords : social group; anemia; child.

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