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This study investigated the influence of socio-economic factors on nutritional status of children 0-5 years. To conduct the study, the researchers adopted Ex-post Facto research design. The population of this study consisted of all parents and children 2-5 years in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. A sample size of 200 children was drawn from the population. This was obtained through systematic sampling techniques. The instrument for data collection were questionnaire and interview schedule duly validated by experts and were subjected to reliability tests suing test-retest method. The data collected were analysed and interpreted using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMC). Findings of the study reveal that socio-economic factors influence nutritional status of children positively. From the result, it was concluded that significant influence on children’s nutritional status. It was then recommended that all parents should endeavour to attend school beyond senior certificate level and secure a good source of income before making children. Government should constitute medical teams that will enhance provision of nutrition guides and should employ educator and counsellors that will give orientation to parents on how to give good nutrition to their children.

KEYWORDS: Socio-Economic Factors, Nutritional Status and Children 0-5 Years

Immaculata G. UMOH, Ph.D Inibehe E. EKANEM, Ph.D And Madu Ijeoma GLORIA, Ph.D
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