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Social patterns of birth weight in Hong Kong, 1984-1997.
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PMID:  11266055     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fetal 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 (< 2500 g), 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.
Y B Cheung; P S Yip
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-03-26     Completed Date:  2001-05-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1135-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinical Trials Centre, Faculty of Médicine, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
China / ethnology
Embryonic and Fetal Development
Emigration and Immigration
Hong Kong / epidemiology
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Logistic Models
Social Environment*
Socioeconomic Factors*

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