CitationFinch, Brian Karl; Frank, Reanne; & Hummer, Robert A. (2000). Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Infant Mortality: The Role of Behavioral Factors. Biodemography and Social Biology, 47(3-4), 244-63.
AbstractUsing the National Maternal and Infant Health Survey 1988 (NMIHS), a nationally representative sample of mothers, we investigate the role of behavioral factors in explaining racial/ethnic disparities in infant mortality. In particular, we focus on the following variables: weight gain during pregnancy, prenatal care utilization, exercise, vitamin use, and substance use during pregnancy. These analyses are conducted by modeling both time of death (neonatal vs. postneonatal) and cause of death (infections, perinatal complications, delivery complications, congenital malformations, SIDS, other causes) outcomes. Our results suggest that behavioral factors are partially responsible for observed race/ethnic differentials in infant mortality, but are not as important as sociostructural determinants such as SES.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleBiodemography and Social Biology
Author(s)Finch, Brian Karl
Hummer, Robert A.