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Article: Social patterns of birth weight in Hong Kong, 1984-1997

TitleSocial patterns of birth weight in Hong Kong, 1984-1997
Authors
KeywordsBirth weight
Fetal growth
Hong Kong
Inequalities
Issue Date2001
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimed
Citation
Social Science And Medicine, 2001, v. 52 n. 7, p. 1135-1141 How to Cite?
AbstractFetal growth is an indicator of social inequalities in health that may have a long-term impact persisting into later life. Little is known about the social patterns of birth weight in Hong Kong. This is a study of live-born singletons from 1984 to 1997 in a Hong Kong birth registry. Ordinary least-squares regression and logistic regression are used to analyse birth weight and low birth weight (<2500g), respectively. A gradient of birth weight and prevalence of low birth weight is demonstrated according to mothers' educational attainment. In relation to babies of the most educated mothers, babies of the least educated mothers had a mean deficit of 46g in birth weight and an odds ratio of 1.56 of low birth weight (each P<0.05). This social gradient was hidden unless parity was adjusted for. Unexpectedly, migrants from mainland China delivered heavier rather than lighter babies (each P<0.05). Type of living quarters and parental relation were also related to birth weight and low birth weight (each P<0.05). Continuous monitoring of the social patterns of birth weight is recommended. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/82805
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.814
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.894
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dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
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dc.date.issued2001en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSocial Science And Medicine, 2001, v. 52 n. 7, p. 1135-1141en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536en_HK
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dc.description.abstractFetal growth is an indicator of social inequalities in health that may have a long-term impact persisting into later life. Little is known about the social patterns of birth weight in Hong Kong. This is a study of live-born singletons from 1984 to 1997 in a Hong Kong birth registry. Ordinary least-squares regression and logistic regression are used to analyse birth weight and low birth weight (<2500g), respectively. A gradient of birth weight and prevalence of low birth weight is demonstrated according to mothers' educational attainment. In relation to babies of the most educated mothers, babies of the least educated mothers had a mean deficit of 46g in birth weight and an odds ratio of 1.56 of low birth weight (each P<0.05). This social gradient was hidden unless parity was adjusted for. Unexpectedly, migrants from mainland China delivered heavier rather than lighter babies (each P<0.05). Type of living quarters and parental relation were also related to birth weight and low birth weight (each P<0.05). Continuous monitoring of the social patterns of birth weight is recommended. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimeden_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Science and Medicineen_HK
dc.subjectBirth weighten_HK
dc.subjectFetal growthen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectInequalitiesen_HK
dc.titleSocial patterns of birth weight in Hong Kong, 1984-1997en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0277-9536(00)00228-8en_HK
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