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Unformatted text preview: e. If the racial disparities were the cause, then it would be nearly impossible to prove that genetics were the cause of this 4. Paradox of the Black Mother a. Black teen girls gave birth to heavier babies, while more affluent middle class black mothers had infants of lower birth weight 5. Parallels with race and hypertension a. Black women were more likely to internalize racial discrimination and that can lead to hypertension b. Psychological stress could be the reason black women differ from white women 6. New Direction for Research a. Racism is the cause of this birth weight discrepancy 7. Combating racism: A public health Imperative a. Legacy of racism is caused by lack of class consciousness and development of workers unions b. Lack of social welfare programs also causes birth weight discrepancy...
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- Fall '08