Journal of Biosocial Science

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VARIABLES THAT EXPLAIN VARIATION IN PRENATAL CARE IN TURKEY; SOCIAL CLASS, EDUCATION AND ETHNICITY RE-VISITED


DILEK  CINDOGLU  a1 and IBRAHIM  SIRKECI  a2
a1 Department of Political Science, Bilkent University, Bilkent 06533, Ankara, Turkey
a2 Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Winter Street, Sheffield S10 2TN

Abstract

The extent and quality of prenatal care are important for the health of women and their babies. Recent studies suggest that women lack adequate prenatal care in contemporary Turkey. This paper uses regression models to examine the major factors impacting on the access of women to prenatal care through the 1993 Turkish Demographic and Health Survey. The findings suggest that after controlling for class, ethnicity does not explain the likelihood of a woman’s access to prenatal care, partly because the predominant patriarchal ideology in Turkey determines women’s access to education, which in turn determines their access to prenatal care. It can be argued that unless women’s socioeconomic status in the family improves, their access to health care in general and prenatal care in particular will not increase significantly.