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Multiple-race mothers on the California birth certificate, 2000.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11763287     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: Several data systems are beginning to allow respondents to report more than one race. Implications of multiple race reporting for the tabulation of race-specific birth characteristics are largely unknown. This analysis reports selected demographic characteristics and birth outcomes for multiple-race mothers, using California birth certificate data for 2000. DESIGN: Descriptive study of birth records. METHODS: Data were drawn from 530,305 electronically registered births. Demographics and birth outcomes were analyzed by race of mother for six multiple-race/ethnic groups with >300 births. RESULTS: 1.7% of mothers reported more than one race on the birth certificate. The most common multiple-race group reported was non-Hispanic Asian/White, followed by Hispanic/American Indian or Alaska Native/White. Characteristics varied widely among multiple-race subgroups, as well as between multiple-race groups and their single-race counterparts. For example, among multiple-race mothers, the proportion of births to teenage mothers was lowest among non-Hispanic Asian/White mothers (9%); this was significantly higher than percentages for non-Hispanic Asian or non-Hispanic White mothers (4% and 6%, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Understanding the influence of multiple-race reporting on trends and comparisons in birth outcomes will be a challenge for public health researchers.
K E Heck; J D Parker; C J McKendry; K C Schoendorf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ethnicity & disease     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1049-510X     ISO Abbreviation:  Ethn Dis     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-12     Completed Date:  2002-04-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9109034     Medline TA:  Ethn Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  626-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Center for Health Statistics , Sacramento, California, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Certificates*
Continental Population Groups*
Data Collection
Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Mothers / statistics & numerical data*
Pregnancy in Adolescence
Prenatal Care

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