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Socioeconomic Differences in Low Birth Weight: Revisiting Epidemiological Approaches

Juarez, Sol Pia LU and Revuelta Eugercios, Bárbara LU (2013) In Revista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas p.73-95
Abstract
Epidemiological perspectives applied to the study of socioeconomic inequalities in health are characterized by a one-dimensional approach to social differences, as income, occupation, and education are used as interchangeable variables to capture social inequalities. This paper calls into question this assumption by exploring the impact of parent's education and occupation on their newborns' health status, using the low birth weight indicator. We show that occupation and education, although related, should not be used as interchangeable. This study also challenges the traditional perspective in epidemiology of studying perinatal outcomes focusing exclusively on mother's information, as it shows that, despite the slightly higher influence... (More)
Epidemiological perspectives applied to the study of socioeconomic inequalities in health are characterized by a one-dimensional approach to social differences, as income, occupation, and education are used as interchangeable variables to capture social inequalities. This paper calls into question this assumption by exploring the impact of parent's education and occupation on their newborns' health status, using the low birth weight indicator. We show that occupation and education, although related, should not be used as interchangeable. This study also challenges the traditional perspective in epidemiology of studying perinatal outcomes focusing exclusively on mother's information, as it shows that, despite the slightly higher influence of the mother's socioeconomic information, both parents have a key role on their newborn's birthweight. (Less)
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Birth Weight, Reproductive Health, Socioeconomic Status, Occupation, Education
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Revista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas
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144
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73 - 95
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Centro Investigaciones Sociologicas
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1988-5903
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10.5477/cis/reis.144.73
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Spanish
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  abstract     = {Epidemiological perspectives applied to the study of socioeconomic inequalities in health are characterized by a one-dimensional approach to social differences, as income, occupation, and education are used as interchangeable variables to capture social inequalities. This paper calls into question this assumption by exploring the impact of parent's education and occupation on their newborns' health status, using the low birth weight indicator. We show that occupation and education, although related, should not be used as interchangeable. This study also challenges the traditional perspective in epidemiology of studying perinatal outcomes focusing exclusively on mother's information, as it shows that, despite the slightly higher influence of the mother's socioeconomic information, both parents have a key role on their newborn's birthweight.},
  author       = {Juarez, Sol Pia and Revuelta Eugercios, Bárbara},
  issn         = {1988-5903},
  language     = {spa},
  number       = {144},
  pages        = {73--95},
  publisher    = {Centro Investigaciones Sociologicas},
  series       = {Revista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas},
  title        = {Socioeconomic Differences in Low Birth Weight: Revisiting Epidemiological Approaches},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.5477/cis/reis.144.73},
  doi          = {10.5477/cis/reis.144.73},
  year         = {2013},
}