ERIC Number: ED168685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Premarital and Postmarital Conception and the Risk of Fetal and Infant Death. PHSB Studies, No. 10.
North Carolina State Dept. of Human Resources, Raleigh. Div. of Health Services.
This report indicates relationships between the marital status of pregnant North Carolina women and mothers and the risk of fetal and infant death in the year 1974. No significant difference in the fetal mortality of the two legitimate groups (postmarital and premarital or pregnant brides) was found, although the illegitimate group had by far the greatest risk of fetal death of the three groups. The illegitimate fetal death rate at 23.0 was almost twice the combined legitimate rate of 12.5. The table on page 3 gives fetal and infant death rates by legitimacy group and race for various maternal characteristics and birthweight. Mortality differences for infants under the three marital conditions were statistically significant at the p < .01 level. A statistical map depicts the percentage of all resident deliveries during 1974 which belong to either the premarital or illegitimate groups. The data indicate that hasty marriage is not a panacea for existing problems. Also, when the magnitude of out-of-wedlock conceptions is considered in concert with the growing number of abortions, it appears that vigorous efforts are needed to bring family planning opportunities within the reach of all citizens. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Human Resources, Raleigh. Div. of Health Services.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina