Small and large size for gestational age and neighborhood deprivation measured within increasing proximity to homes

Anna E. Wentz, Lynne C. Messer, Thuan Nguyen, Janne Heinonen

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Neighborhood deprivation is consistently associated with greater risk of low birthweight. However, large birth size is increasingly relevant but overlooked in neighborhood health research, and proximity within which neighborhood deprivation may affect birth outcomes is unknown. We estimated race/ethnic-specific effects of neighborhood deprivation index (NDI) within 1, 3, 5, and 8. km buffers around Oregon Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (n=3716; 2004-2007) respondents' homes on small and large for gestational age (SGA, LGA). NDI was positively associated with LGA and SGA in most race/ethnic groups. The results varied little across the four buffer sizes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-106
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2014



  • Fetal growth
  • Neighborhood
  • Pregnancy outcome
  • Socioeconomic factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Health(social science)

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