Examining a paradox : does religiosity contribute to positive birth outcomes in Mexican American populations ?
A particularly interesting and consistent finding regarding the health of the Latino population is that Mexican American women, despite their relatively lower socioeconomic status, deliver significantly fewer low birth weight babies and lose fewer babies to all causes during infancy than do women of other ethnic groups.
A central thesis of this discussion is that the religiosity and spirituality of many of these Latinas, a key factor in their culture, may protect them and their infants through the pre-and antenatal phases of life.
We also suggest that lack of research, related to cultural similarities and differences in Hispanic/Latino subgroups, can lead to faulty or simplistic understanding regarding their health behavior and health status.
Mots-clés Pascal : Poids naissance faible, Nourrisson, Ethnie, Latinoaméricain, Mortalité, Religion, Milieu culturel, Comportement, Etats Unis, Mexicain, Homme, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Gestation pathologie, Prématurité, Nouveau né pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low birth weight, Infant, Ethnic group, Latinamerican, Mortality, Religion, Cultural environment, Behavior, United States, Human, North America, America, Pregnancy disorders, Prematurity, Newborn diseases
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Cote : 95-0162101
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 09/06/1995.