Social support and adverse pregnancy outcome in a high-risk population

Lawrence M. Schell, Julia Ravenscroft, Stefan A. Czerwinski, Alice D. Stark, William A. Grattan, Myron Gordon

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Low birth weight is a significant health problem in the United States, particularly among poor women. By combining traditional predictors of birth weight with social support indicators, we were able to substantially improve the discrimination between the highest birth weight quartile from the lowest among high-risk gravidae receiving first time prenatal care at the Albany, New York, County Department of Health. The impact of traditional predictors and social support indicators varied considerably between African-American and white women. Providers of care to poor women can utilize this information to maximize the likelihood of a good birth outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-26
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1997


  • Low birth weight
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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