Health, attitudes and beliefs of working women

K. Mubarak, S. Shafqat, U. Malik, R. Pirzada, A. F. Qureshi

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A cross-sectional case-control study was conducted comparing working women employed by the Women's Work Centres of the Orangi Pilot Project with non-working matched controls. Differences in the knowledge, attitude and practice of several variables were elicited. Working women's families had significantly higher immunization rates, 73% vs 55%, and shorter duration of illness, 5.9 days vs 8.8 days, compared to controls. More working than non-working women supported contraception, 100% vs 74%, desired equal education for sons and daughters (P < 0.005), and had a dominant role in family health decision-making, 48% vs 12%. We conclude that these working women in Orangi have a different set of beliefs and practices than non-working women and this may be one important factor responsible for the lower morbidity in their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1029-1033
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • children's health
  • decision-making
  • economic emancipation
  • women's work


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