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Preventive Care-Seeking Among Inner-City African American Pregnant Women

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Objective: To describe the demographic, psychosocial, and situational characteristics of low-income, inner-city, African American pregnant women and their participation in a comprehensive low-birthweight (LBW) prevention program. Methods: Data (n=945) were obtained from structured interviews, activity logs, and vital statistics. Results: Many participants' circumstances were economically and psychosocially stressful. The majority of activities participated in required effort. Stressful circumstances did not affect women's participation levels in either effort acts or traditional prenatal care health education. Conclusions: (a) Inner-city, poor women living in stressful circumstances will participate in LBW-prevention programs; (b) traditional LBW-preventive education can be linked with addressing pregnant women's psychosocial needs.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Gabriella Newes-Adeyi, MPH, PhD, at the time of the study, was a guest researcher in the DESPR, NICHD, NIH, and currently is an independent consultant 2: Joan P. Maxwell, BA, at the time of the study, was Senior Associate at the Greater Washington Research Center and currently is President, the Jovid Foundation, Washington, DC

Publication date: 2000-07-01

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