The Starting Gate

Birth Weight and Life Chances
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ISBN-13:
9780520937406
Einband:
Ebook
Seiten:
268
Autor:
Dalton Conley
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Seven percent of newborns in the United States weigh in at less than five and one half pounds. These "low birth weight" babies face challenges that others will never know—challenges that begin with a greater risk of infant mortality and extend well into adulthood in the form of health and developmental problems. Because low birth weight is often accompanied by social risk factors such as minority racial status, low education, young maternal age, and low income, the question of causes and consequences—of precisely how biological and social factors figure into this equation—becomes especially tricky to sort out. This is the question that The Starting Gate takes up, bringing a novel perspective to the nature-nurture debate by using the starting point of birth as a lens to examine biological and social inheritance.
Seven percent of newborns in the United States weigh in at less than five and one half pounds. These "low birth weight" babies face challenges that others will never know—challenges that begin with a greater risk of infant mortality and extend well into adulthood in the form of health and developmental problems. Because low birth weight is often accompanied by social risk factors such as minority racial status, low education, young maternal age, and low income, the question of causes and consequences—of precisely how biological and social factors figure into this equation—becomes especially tricky to sort out. This is the question that The Starting Gate takes up, bringing a novel perspective to the nature-nurture debate by using the starting point of birth as a lens to examine biological and social inheritance.
List of FiguresAcknowledgments1. The Baby or the Egg? Birth Weight and the Gene-Environment Divide2. John Henry, Black Mayors, and Silver Spoons: Race and the Inheritance of Birth Weight3. What Money Can and Can’t Buy: Income and Infant Health4. Is Biology Destiny? Birth Weight, Infant Mortality, and Educational Achievement5. Reconsidering Risk: Biosocial Policy ImplicationsAppendix A: Data, Variables, and MethodsAppendix B: TablesNotesBibliographyIndexFigures

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