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ERIC Number: ED313127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Effect of Comprehensive Prenatal Care and Psychosocial Support on Birthweights of Infants of Low-Income Women.
McLaughlin, F. Joseph; And Others
A study investigated effects of comprehensive prenatal care on birthweight, child development, and maltreatment of children. A total of 2,585 pregnant women were screened at their first prenatal visits and the 428 at highest social risk were randomly assigned to either comprehensive intervention or routine prenatal care. The comprehensive intervention was designed to provide psychosocial support and comprehensive health care for low-income women and infants during the mother's pregnancy and the first 2 years of the child's life. This report describes effects of the intervention on birthweight. Multiple regression analysis that used medical and social predictor variables showed a strong relationship between the set of predictors and the criterion variable of birthweight. Analyses of variance for primiparous and multiparous mothers showed an effect of intervention on birthweight for primiparous but not multiparous mothers. There was a significant interaction between intervention and age group. Effects of the intervention were greater for 17- to 21-year-old mothers than for others. It is concluded that the study demonstrates favorable effects of comprehensive prenatal care and psychosocial support on birthweights of infants born to young and primiparous low-income women. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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