National WIC Association

Do biological, sociodemographic, and behavioral characteristics explain racial/ethnic disparities in preterm births?

Sparks PJ. Do biological, sociodemographic, and behavioral characteristics explain racial/ethnic disparities in preterm births? Soc Sci Med. May 2009;68(9):1667-1675.

This study examined the existence and possible explanations for racial/ethnic disparities in preterm births, using a nationally representative sample of births. Race-stratified models indicated that maternal health complications and prenatal care adequacy offered the most potential to explain the remaining racial/ethnic disparities in preterm births.