Effects of unstable daily life on children's health in Baghdad city, Iraq: Qualitative study

Hasanain Faisal Ghazi, Zaleha Md Isa, Mohammed A. Abdal Qader, Tiba Nezar Hasan

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Abstract

The unstable living situation in Iraq in the last 10 years after 2003 war affected the daily life of most Iraqis, and especially the children. The objective of this study was to explore the effects of an unstable living environment on children's health. A community-based qualitative study was done to collect data from 20 mothers of children (age 7 to 8years old) through in-depth interview (IDI). Data was recorded using tape recorders and was later transcribed and analyzed using qualitative thematic analysis techniques. The majority of mothers interviewed said the past nine years of unstable security in the capital had affected their daily life; some mothers also expressed concern about their child's nutritional status, their eating habits during the school day, and the unhealthy food being sold at school canteens. As a conclusion, the unstable living situations in Baghdad city after the last war had affected the cognitive and nutritional development of children. More precautions should be taken by parents to ensure their children safety in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Baghdad city
  • Children
  • Iraq
  • Mothers
  • Unstable living situation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Effects of unstable daily life on children's health in Baghdad city, Iraq : Qualitative study. / Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal; Md Isa, Zaleha; Abdal Qader, Mohammed A.; Hasan, Tiba Nezar.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2014, p. 82-89.

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Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal ; Md Isa, Zaleha ; Abdal Qader, Mohammed A. ; Hasan, Tiba Nezar. / Effects of unstable daily life on children's health in Baghdad city, Iraq : Qualitative study. In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 82-89.
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