Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Tracy Moran Vozar, Ph.D.
Galena Rhoades, Ph.D.
Kimberly Gorgens, Ph.D.
Pregnancy, Preterm birth, Relationship education program, Health disparities, MotherWise, Denver health, Pregnant women, Race
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Health disparities amongst pregnant individuals of color have long been documented and yet, they persist. While there is growing recognition, the search continues for solutions to close the health disparity gap between White women and women of color. This research is a follow-up to a 2022 study exploring the impact of the MotherWise program on birth outcomes. MotherWise provides an individual-oriented relationship education program and case management service for minority and low-income pregnant women in Colorado. This research further explores a positive trend of the program's impact on preterm birth rates by examining differential effects of participation by race. In this study, which reviewed previously collected data, it was hypothesized that (1) participation in MotherWise would reduce health disparities, such that Black mothers who participated in the program were not at higher risk for adverse birth outcomes than White women in the control and (2) participation in MotherWise would reduce health disparities such that Latinx mothers who participated in the program were not at higher risk for adverse birth outcomes than White women in the control. Overall, there were high levels of preterm birth for Non-Hispanic/Latinx and Non-African American/Black mothers in this study that were higher than those reported in the literature. When looking at rates of preterm birth for Hispanic/Latinx women who participated in the MotherWise program (intervention group) and those in the control, identifying as Hispanic/Latinx or not was a significant moderator and participating in the MotherWise program resulted in a statistically significant reduction in preterm birth from 24.32% to 2.13% (p = .002). When looking at rates of preterm birth for African American/Black women who participated in the MotherWise program (intervention group) and those in the control, there was not a statistically significant interaction effect and furthermore, there was not a statistically significant mean difference in preterm birth rates; therefore, identifying as Black/African American was not a significant moderator. Additionally, limitations were addressed and future directions explored.
Biermann, Anne Clara, "The Impact of a Relationship Education Program on Health Disparities Among Pregnant Women" (2022). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 467.
Empirical - Quantitative
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