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The relationships among acculturation, biobehavioral risk, stress, corticotropin-releasing hormone, and poor birth outcomes in Hispanic women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17061748     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the predictive ability of acculturation as an antecedent of stress, biobehavioral risk, corticotropin-releasing hormone levels, and poor birth outcomes in pregnant Hispanic women. DESIGN: A prospective, observational design with data collected at 22-25 weeks of gestation and at birth through medical record review. SETTING: Public prenatal health clinics in south Texas serving low-income women. PARTICIPANTS: Self-identified Hispanic women who had singleton pregnancies, no major medical risk complications, and consented to answer questionnaires as well as a venipuncture and review of their prenatal and birth medical records. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Gestational age, Apgar scores, length, weight, percentile size, and head circumference of the infant at birth. RESULTS: Significant differences were seen in infant birth weight, head circumference, and percentile size by acculturation. English acculturation predicted stress, corticotropin-releasing hormone, biobehavioral risk, and decreased gestational age at birth. CONCLUSIONS: Investigation must continue to understand the circumstances that give rise to the decline in birth outcomes observed in Hispanics with acculturation to the dominant English culture in the United States.
R Jeanne Ruiz; Christyn L Dolbier; Robin Fleschler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ethnicity & disease     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1049-510X     ISO Abbreviation:  Ethn Dis     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-25     Completed Date:  2007-07-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9109034     Medline TA:  Ethn Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  926-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing, 3.310 Allied Health Sciences/Nursing Building, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-1029, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Birth Weight
Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone / blood*
Gestational Age
Hispanic Americans / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Linear Models
Middle Aged
Predictive Value of Tests
Pregnancy Outcome / ethnology*
Prospective Studies
Research Design
Residence Characteristics
Stress, Psychological / ethnology*
Texas / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
9015-71-8/Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone

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