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Paradox revisited: a further investigation of racial/ethnic differences in infant mortality by maternal age.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23055238     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
I reexamine the epidemiological paradox of lower overall infant mortality rates in the Mexican-origin population relative to U.S.-born non-Hispanic whites using the 1995-2002 U.S. NCHS linked cohort birth-infant death files. A comparison of infant mortality rates among U.S.-born non-Hispanic white and Mexican-origin mothers by maternal age reveals an infant survival advantage at younger maternal ages when compared with non-Hispanic whites, which is consistent with the Hispanic infant mortality paradox. However, this is accompanied by higher infant mortality at older ages for Mexican-origin women, which is consistent with the weathering framework. These patterns vary by nativity of the mother and do not change when rates are adjusted for risk factors. The relative infant survival disadvantage among Mexican-origin infants born to older mothers may be attributed to differences in the socioeconomic attributes of U.S.-born non-Hispanic white and Mexican-origin women.
Authors:
Daniel A Powers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Demography     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0070-3370     ISO Abbreviation:  Demography     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-22     Completed Date:  2013-07-12     Revised Date:  2013-07-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226703     Medline TA:  Demography     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  495-520     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Sociology and Population Research Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA. dpowers@austin.utexas.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Female
Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data*
Humans
Infant
Infant Mortality / trends*
Infant, Newborn
Male
Maternal Age*
Mexico / ethnology
Risk Factors
United States / epidemiology
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
R01 HD041147/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R01 HD049754/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD041025/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD042849/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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