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.
|Commitee:||AndresTaylor, Coralyn, Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena T.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Public health, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Ecological approach, Gestational diabetes mellitus, Latinas|
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