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An intergenerational study of birthweight: investigating the birth order effect

Hypponen, E; Power, C; (2004) An intergenerational study of birthweight: investigating the birth order effect. BJOG-INT J OBSTET GY , 111 (4) 377 - 379. 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2004.00089.x.

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Abstract

In a two-generation study of the nationwide 1958 British cohort and their offspring, we investigated the intergenerational influence of birth order on birthweight. Despite increases in own birthweight by birth order and a positive parent-offspring correlation in birthweights, there was a suggestion that parental birth order was inversely associated with offspring birthweight. This paradoxical finding was due to differential intergenerational birthweight associations, with a weaker association in later-born compared with first-born parents. Our findings suggest that underlying causes of a given birthweight should be taken into account in studies that investigate long term health outcomes.

Type: Article
Title: An intergenerational study of birthweight: investigating the birth order effect
DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2004.00089.x
Keywords: TRANSMISSION
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > ICH Developmental Neurosciences Prog
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > ICH Pop, Policy and Practice Prog
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/89694
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