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Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status and Perinatal Complications
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (1988)
  • J. Gray
  • R. Dean
  • Ruth E. Lowrie, Cedarville University
Abstract
We examined the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and perinatal complications. Orthogonal comparisons showed low-SES children to have significantly greater numbers of complications related to prenatal care, conditions of labor and delivery, gestational age at birth, and birth weight. A stepwise discriminant analysis indicated that, on the basis of perinatal complications alone, lower SES children were differentiated from higher SES children with clinical levels of accuracy. Moreover, a multiple-regression analysis indicated that 27% of the variance in SES was shared with a linear composite of perinatal information. The results support the hypothesis of an interaction between perinatal complications and socioeconomic factors and suggest the utility of structured maternal reports of perinatal information.
Keywords
  • Socioeconomic status,
  • perinatal complications
Publication Date
December, 1988
Citation Information
Gray, J., Dean, R., & Lowrie, R. (1988). Relationship between socioeconomic status and perinatal complications. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 17 (4), 352-358.