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Women with non-Swedish speaking background and their children: a longitudinal study of uptake of care and maternal and child health
Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för folkhälso- och vårdvetenskap.
Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för psykologi.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1209-8802
2008 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 97, no 12, p. 1721-1728Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To study uptake of care at the antenatal and child health clinic (CHC), and maternal and child health up to 5 years after the birth, as reported by mothers with a non-Swedish speaking background (NSB).

Methods: A sample of 300 women with a NSB, 175 originated from a poor country and 125 originated from a rich country, were compared with a reference group of 2761 women with a Swedish speaking background. Four postal questionnaires were completed: during pregnancy, and 2 months, 1 year and 5 years after the birth.

Results: Mothers with a NSB from a poor country of origin did not differ from the reference group of mothers with a Swedish speaking background regarding number of clinic visits, but they had a lower attendance rate at antenatal and postnatal education classes. Depressive symptoms, parental stress and poor self-rated health were more common in these women, and they reported more psychological and behavioral problems in their 5-year olds. Women with a rich country origin did not differ from the reference group regarding maternal and child health, but had a lower uptake of all out-patient care, except parental classes after the birth.

Conclusion: Women originating from a poor country seem to be under great stress during pregnancy and the child's first years.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 97, no 12, p. 1721-1728
Keywords [en]
Antenatal care, Child health care, Depression, Parental education, Self-rated health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-16813DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.00974.xISI: 000260731300027PubMedID: 18673360OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-16813DiVA, id: diva2:556399
Available from: 2009-07-15 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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