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Interpregnancy intervals and perinatal and child health in Sweden: A comparison within families and across social groups
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research; Stockholm University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Demographic and Ageing Research (CEDAR).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1260-5077
Stockholm University; Institute for Futures Studies.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8944-2558
2020 (English)In: Population Studies, ISSN 0032-4728, E-ISSN 1477-4747Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

A large body of research has shown that children born after especially short or long birth intervals experience an elevated risk of poor perinatal outcomes, but recent work suggests this may be explained by confounding by unobserved family characteristics. We use Swedish population data on cohorts born 1981–2010 and sibling fixed effects to examine whether the length of the birth interval preceding the index child influences the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, and hospitalization during childhood. We also present analyses stratified by salient social characteristics, such as maternal educational level and maternal country of birth. We find few effects of birth intervals on our outcomes, except for very short intervals (less than seven months) and very long intervals (>60 months). We find few differences in the patterns by maternal educational level or maternal country of origin after stratifying by the mother’s highest educational attainment.

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Routledge, 2020.
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interpregnancy intervals, perinatal health, child health, low birth weight, preterm birth, childhood hospitalization, population register data, sibling fixed effects, Sweden
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology; Population studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167686DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2020.1714701PubMedID: 32052701OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-167686DiVA, id: diva2:1390402
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The impact of the number of siblings on child health, Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and WelfareAvailable from: 2020-01-31 Created: 2020-01-31 Last updated: 2020-02-14

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