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|Title:||Precursors of Preterm Birth : Comparison of Three Ethnic Groups in the Middle East and the United States||Authors:||Badr, Lina Kurdahi
|Affiliations:||Nursing Program||Keywords:||Ethnic variability
|Issue Date:||2005||Part of:||Journal of obstetric gynecologic, & neonatal nursing||Volume:||34||Issue:||4||Start page:||444||End page:||452||Abstract:||
To examine factors related to preterm birth in three ethnic groups and in three different countries. Design: Data were obtained on a convenience sample of 118 Lebanese mothers, 104 Egyptian mothers, 40 Mexican American mothers, and 32 White American mothers from Southern California. About half of each cohort had delivered a preterm newborn and half a full-term newborn. Mothers with premature or full-term newborns completed a questionnaire by interview. Analysis compared ethnic groups and preterm- versus full-term birth groups. Multiple logistic regression determined relatedness to outcome. Results: Descriptive factors differed among groups, but not for preterm versus full-term newborn groups. Significant factors for premature birth were vaginal infections, stress, smoking, drug use, and protein intake. Factors significantly related to preterm birth in the Middle-Eastern and American groups were almost identical: social support, stress, and exercise. Smoking was related only in the American group. Conclusions: These data suggest risk factors are similar across nations and ethnic groups. Prenatal counseling and programs should address these four issues.
|URI:||https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/2422||DOI:||10.1177/0884217505276303||Ezproxy URL:||Link to full text||Type:||Journal Article|
|Appears in Collections:||Nursing Program|
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