Racial differences in the prevalence of small-for-dates infants among college-educated women

James W Collins Jr*, Anne G. Butler

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Abstract

We used Illinois vital records and U.S. Census data to quantify the association of race and small-for-dates rates among women with 16 or more years of education. The small-for-dates rate for African-Americans was 2.8%, compared with 1.2% for whites [odds ratio (OR) = 2.5; 95% confidence interval (Cl) = 1,8-3.4]. Adjustment for measures of socioeconomic status did not reduce the racial disparity (OR = 2.9; 95% CI = 1.4-4.5). We conclude that unidentified variables occurring with greater prevalence among African- Americans increase the risk of small-for-dates infants among college-educated African-American mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-317
Number of pages3
JournalEpidemiology
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

Keywords

  • African-American
  • education
  • infant
  • prematurity
  • small-for-dates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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