Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Am J Public Health. 2004 Dec;94(12):2132-8.

Very low birthweight in African American infants: the role of maternal exposure to interpersonal racial discrimination.

Author information

1
Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Memorial Hospital, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA. jcollins@northwestern.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We determined whether African American women's lifetime exposure to interpersonal racial discrimination is associated with pregnancy outcomes.

METHODS:

We performed a case-control study among 104 African American women who delivered very low birthweight (<1500 g) preterm (<37 weeks) infants and 208 African American women who delivered non-low-birthweight (>2500 g) term infants in Chicago, Ill.

RESULTS:

The unadjusted and adjusted odds ratio of very low birthweight infants for maternal lifetime exposure to interpersonal racism in 3 or more domains equaled 3.2 (95% confidence intervals=1.5, 6.6) and 2.6 (1.2, 5.3), respectively. This association tended to persist across maternal sociodemographic, biomedical, and behavioral characteristics.

CONCLUSIONS:

The lifelong accumulated experiences of racial discrimination by African American women constitute an independent risk factor for preterm delivery.

PMID:
15569965
PMCID:
PMC1448603
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center