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Family cash transfers in childhood and birthing persons and birth outcomes later in life.

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Bustos, B; Lopez, M; Dodge, KA; Lansford, JE; Copeland, WE; Odgers, CL; Bruckner, TA
Published in: SSM Popul Health
March 2024

Much literature in the US documents an intergenerational transmission of birthing person and perinatal morbidity in socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. A separate line of work indicates that family cash transfers may improve life chances of low-income families well into adulthood. By exploiting a quasi-random natural experiment of a large family cash transfer among a southeastern American Indian (AI) tribe in rural North Carolina, we examine whether a "perturbation" in socioeconomic status during childhood improves birthing person/perinatal outcomes when they become parents themselves. We acquired birth records on 6805 AI and non-AI infants born from 1995 to 2018. Regression methods to examine effect modification tested whether the birthing person's American Indian (AI) status and exposure to the family cash transfer during their childhood years corresponds with improvements in birthing person and perinatal outcomes. Findings show an increase in age at childbearing (coef: 0.15 years, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.05, 0.25) and a decrease in pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI; coef: -0.42, 95% CI: -0.76, -0.09) with increased duration of cash transfer exposure during childhood. The odds of large-for-gestational age at delivery, as well as mean infant birthweight, is also reduced among AI births whose birthing person had relatively longer duration of exposure to the cash transfer. We, however, observe no relation with other birthing person/perinatal outcomes (e.g., tobacco use during pregnancy, preterm birth). In this rural AI population, cash transfers in one generation correspond with improved birthing person and infant health in the next generation.

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SSM Popul Health

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2352-8273

Publication Date

March 2024

Volume

25

Start / End Page

101623

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4206 Public health
  • 4202 Epidemiology
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
 

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Bustos, B., Lopez, M., Dodge, K. A., Lansford, J. E., Copeland, W. E., Odgers, C. L., & Bruckner, T. A. (2024). Family cash transfers in childhood and birthing persons and birth outcomes later in life. SSM Popul Health, 25, 101623. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2024.101623
Bustos, Brenda, Marcela Lopez, Kenneth A. Dodge, Jennifer E. Lansford, William E. Copeland, Candice L. Odgers, and Tim A. Bruckner. “Family cash transfers in childhood and birthing persons and birth outcomes later in life.SSM Popul Health 25 (March 2024): 101623. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2024.101623.
Bustos B, Lopez M, Dodge KA, Lansford JE, Copeland WE, Odgers CL, et al. Family cash transfers in childhood and birthing persons and birth outcomes later in life. SSM Popul Health. 2024 Mar;25:101623.
Bustos, Brenda, et al. “Family cash transfers in childhood and birthing persons and birth outcomes later in life.SSM Popul Health, vol. 25, Mar. 2024, p. 101623. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2024.101623.
Bustos B, Lopez M, Dodge KA, Lansford JE, Copeland WE, Odgers CL, Bruckner TA. Family cash transfers in childhood and birthing persons and birth outcomes later in life. SSM Popul Health. 2024 Mar;25:101623.
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Published In

SSM Popul Health

DOI

ISSN

2352-8273

Publication Date

March 2024

Volume

25

Start / End Page

101623

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4206 Public health
  • 4202 Epidemiology
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services