The Starting Gate: Birth Weight and Life Chances / Edition 1

The Starting Gate: Birth Weight and Life Chances / Edition 1

by Dalton Conley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520239555

ISBN-13: 9780520239555

Pub. Date: 10/08/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520239555
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/08/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments

1. The Baby or the Egg? Birth Weight and the Gene-Environment Divide
2. John Henry, Black Mayors, and Silver Spoons: Race and the Inheritance of Birth Weight
3. What Money Can and Can’t Buy:
Income and
Infant Health
4. Is Biology Destiny? Birth Weight,
Infant Mortality, and Educational Achievement
5. Reconsidering Risk: Biosocial Policy Implications

Appendix A: Data, Variables, and Methods
Appendix B: Tables
Notes
Bibliography

Index
Figures

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