Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An examination of gestational diabetes mellitus among Latinas using an ecological approach
by Carr, Ana-Alicia, M.P.H., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 60; 10076451
Abstract (Summary)

Latinas experience disproportionate rates of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Continued research efforts are necessary in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the factors associated with this condition among Latinas. To date, a significant amount of research has been conducted examining intrapersonal predictors of GDM. The aim of this study was to explore potential, broader-level, correlates of GDM among Latinas (N = 5,440) in California. Results from unadjusted logistic regression analyses indicated both interpersonal and community-level variables are significantly associated with GDM among Latinas. In the nested logistic regression analyses including community, interpersonal, and intrapersonal variables, one interpersonal variable (i.e., difficulty understanding the doctor) remained significant in the final model. Moreover, results suggested intrapersonal variables may mediate the relationship between community-level variables and GDM. Future research should aim to identify additional correlates, as well as examine causal mechanisms.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bavarian, Niloofar
Commitee: AndresTaylor, Coralyn, Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena T.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Science
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Public health, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Ecological approach, Gestational diabetes mellitus, Latinas
Publication Number: 10076451
ISBN: 9781339587165
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