Intersections of ethnicity and social class in provider advice regarding reproductive health

Roberta A. Downing, Thomas A. LaVeist, Heather E. Bullock

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Abstract

Objectives. We examined how ethnicity and social class influence women's perceptions of reproductive health care. Of primary interest was assessing whether health care providers are perceived as advising low-income women, particularly women of color, to limit their childbearing and to what extent they feel they are discouraged by providers from having future children. Methods. Ethnically diverse, low-income (n=193) and middle-class women (n=146) completed a questionnaire about their pregnancy-related health care experiences. Results. Logistic regression analyses revealed that low-income women of color experienced greater odds of being advised to limit their childbearing than did middle-class White women. A separate model demonstrated that low-income Latinas reported greater odds of being discouraged from having children than did middle-class White women. Conclusions. Low-income women of color were more likely to report being advised to limit their childbearing and were more likely to describe being discouraged from having children than were middle-class White women. More research is needed regarding how ethnicity and social class impact women's experiences with reproductive health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1803-1807
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume97
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 10 2007
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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