Socioeconomic disadvantage and childhood growth: A review of the literature focusing on the mediatory roles of birth weight, maternal age and parity

Palmer, MJ and Silverwood, Richard (2014) Socioeconomic disadvantage and childhood growth: A review of the literature focusing on the mediatory roles of birth weight, maternal age and parity. NCRM Working Paper. NCRM.

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Abstract

In this paper we review the literature on the relationship between maternal social disadvantage and childhood growth. We focus particularly on the potential mediatory roles played by birth weight, maternal age, and parity, and on studies of UK populations. We find convincing evidence of social inequalities of growth, both in terms of stature (height) and adiposity/overweight. Maternal age, parity and, particularly, birth weight are plausible mediators of the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and growth due to the acknowledged relationships between each of these factors. However, few studies have considered such mediation explicitly. Further work is required in this area.

Item Type:Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Subjects:5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.1 Descriptive Statistics
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.17 Quantitative Approaches (other)
9. Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination > 9.1 Researching Literature > 9.1.1 Literature reviews
ID Code:3716
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Deposited On:08 Dec 2014 10:58
Last Modified:26 Feb 2015 13:27

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