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Maternal marital status as a risk factor for infant mortality.
Fam Plann Perspect 1994 Nov-Dec; 26(6):252-6, 271FP

Abstract

The increased risk of infant mortality associated with single motherhood is neither consistent among social and demographic subgroups nor inevitable, according to data from national linked birth and infant death files for 1983-1985. Maternal age is the only variable found to have a significant interaction with marital status among black mothers, and the risk associated with unmarried status increases with age. Among white mothers, age, educational level and receipt of prenatal care all show significant interactions with marital status; the increased risks of infant mortality attributed to unmarried motherhood are concentrated among subgroups usually thought to be at lower risk. For example, the risks of infant mortality among unmarried white women relative to married white women are highest among 25-29-year-olds. However, being unmarried did not affect the risk of infant mortality among babies born to college-educated white women.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

7867772

Citation

Bennett, T, et al. "Maternal Marital Status as a Risk Factor for Infant Mortality." Family Planning Perspectives, vol. 26, no. 6, 1994, pp. 252-6, 271.
Bennett T, Braveman P, Egerter S, et al. Maternal marital status as a risk factor for infant mortality. Fam Plann Perspect. 1994;26(6):252-6, 271.
Bennett, T., Braveman, P., Egerter, S., & Kiely, J. L. (1994). Maternal marital status as a risk factor for infant mortality. Family Planning Perspectives, 26(6), pp. 252-6, 271.
Bennett T, et al. Maternal Marital Status as a Risk Factor for Infant Mortality. Fam Plann Perspect. 1994;26(6):252-6, 271. PubMed PMID: 7867772.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal marital status as a risk factor for infant mortality. AU - Bennett,T, AU - Braveman,P, AU - Egerter,S, AU - Kiely,J L, PY - 1994/11/1/pubmed PY - 1994/11/1/medline PY - 1994/11/1/entrez KW - Age Factors KW - Americas KW - Biology KW - Blacks--women KW - Correlation Studies KW - Cultural Background KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developed Countries KW - Economic Factors KW - Ethnic Groups KW - Infant Mortality--determinants KW - Logistic Model KW - Marital Status KW - Mathematical Model KW - Models, Theoretical KW - Mortality KW - North America KW - Northern America KW - Nuptiality KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Population Dynamics KW - Risk Factors KW - Socioeconomic Factors KW - Statistical Studies KW - Studies KW - United States KW - Whites--women SP - 252-6, 271 JF - Family planning perspectives JO - Fam Plann Perspect VL - 26 IS - 6 N2 - The increased risk of infant mortality associated with single motherhood is neither consistent among social and demographic subgroups nor inevitable, according to data from national linked birth and infant death files for 1983-1985. Maternal age is the only variable found to have a significant interaction with marital status among black mothers, and the risk associated with unmarried status increases with age. Among white mothers, age, educational level and receipt of prenatal care all show significant interactions with marital status; the increased risks of infant mortality attributed to unmarried motherhood are concentrated among subgroups usually thought to be at lower risk. For example, the risks of infant mortality among unmarried white women relative to married white women are highest among 25-29-year-olds. However, being unmarried did not affect the risk of infant mortality among babies born to college-educated white women. SN - 0014-7354 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/7867772/Maternal_marital_status_as_a_risk_factor_for_infant_mortality_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -