ERIC Number: ED232937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Socioeconomic Status and Infant Mortality in Texas, 1970-80.
Parpia, Banoo; And Others
Results suggested that socioeconomic factors were not major determinants of differences in infant mortality in Texas in the 1970's. Data on live births and infant deaths for 254 Texas counties were obtained from the Texas Department of Health for each of the 11 years from 1970 to 1980. Infant, neonatal, and postneonatal mortality rates were calculated for each county for the 11 years and for two component periods, 1970-74 and 1975-80. Socioeconomic, demographic, and ecological factors used in the analysis were obtained from the combined 1944-77 County and City Data Book tape (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1978) and the 1970 census data on population. The analysis is, however, clearly limited in a number of aspects that must make any conclusion derived from it extremely tentative. Limitations include failure to include relevant intervening biological and other variables in the analysis; the limited time frame and areal focus of the study; and the use of secondary and aggregate data in analyzing phenomena for which family-level social, economic, environmental, and biological factors provide the crucial context for survival. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Sociological Association (Houston, TX, March 16-19, 1983).