Adolescent time use in rural India, differences by caste and sex
14 February 2022
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A research brief 'Adolescents in rural Telangana, India: Evidence on differences in time use, physical activity, and food intake across lower caste groups' has been published by IMMANA fellow Nithya Vishwanath Gowdru from her project 'Disentangling the gender dimensions of agriculture-nutrition linkages in India'.

The study measures caste-based variances in patterns of physical activity, food intake, and calorie adequacy of adolescents of different ages and by sex.  
380 adolescents were studied using an innovative method which integrates data on energy expenditure derived from research-grade accelerometers, 24-hour recall food intake, and time-use data over five consecutive days. Individual and household data were combined with key informant interviews (KII’s).  

Time and energy use of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Backward Caste (BC) adolescents, both of low socio-economic status, were measured for education, economic actitvity, domestic chores, travel and leisure activities. Distinctions were made for periods of early (10-14yrs) and late (15-19yrs) adolescence, and for males and females. 

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