Accuracy and Reliability of Maternal Recall of Infant Birth Weight Among Older Women

Janet M. Catov, Anne B. Newman, Sheryl F. Kelsey, James M. Roberts, Kim C. Sutton-Tyrrell, Melissa Garcia, Hilsa N. Ayonayon, Frances Tylavsky, Roberta B. Ness

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Purpose: We assessed the accuracy and reliability of maternal recall of infant birth weight 35 to 70 years after delivery. Methods: A total of 120 well functioning women (mean age 80 years; 45% Black) reported the birth weight for each live birth and then provided documentation of birth weights (n = 22) or reported birth weights a second time (n = 98). Results: Agreement between recalled and documented birth weights was high for first births (ICC = 0.96) but moderate for subsequent births (ICC = 0.59). Maternal recall was highly reliable for first births (r = 0.95) and subsequent births (r = 0.87), and reliability remained high when considered separately by race, education, income, and age. Conclusion: Women report accurate and reliable infant birth-weight data an average of 57 years after delivery, and recall is particularly precise for first births.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-431
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of epidemiology
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

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Catov, J. M., Newman, A. B., Kelsey, S. F., Roberts, J. M., Sutton-Tyrrell, K. C., Garcia, M., ... Ness, R. B. (2006). Accuracy and Reliability of Maternal Recall of Infant Birth Weight Among Older Women. Annals of epidemiology, 16(6), 429-431. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2005.09.004

Accuracy and Reliability of Maternal Recall of Infant Birth Weight Among Older Women. / Catov, Janet M.; Newman, Anne B.; Kelsey, Sheryl F.; Roberts, James M.; Sutton-Tyrrell, Kim C.; Garcia, Melissa; Ayonayon, Hilsa N.; Tylavsky, Frances; Ness, Roberta B.

In: Annals of epidemiology, Vol. 16, No. 6, 01.06.2006, p. 429-431.

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Catov, JM, Newman, AB, Kelsey, SF, Roberts, JM, Sutton-Tyrrell, KC, Garcia, M, Ayonayon, HN, Tylavsky, F & Ness, RB 2006, 'Accuracy and Reliability of Maternal Recall of Infant Birth Weight Among Older Women', Annals of epidemiology, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 429-431. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2005.09.004
Catov JM, Newman AB, Kelsey SF, Roberts JM, Sutton-Tyrrell KC, Garcia M et al. Accuracy and Reliability of Maternal Recall of Infant Birth Weight Among Older Women. Annals of epidemiology. 2006 Jun 1;16(6):429-431. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2005.09.004
Catov, Janet M. ; Newman, Anne B. ; Kelsey, Sheryl F. ; Roberts, James M. ; Sutton-Tyrrell, Kim C. ; Garcia, Melissa ; Ayonayon, Hilsa N. ; Tylavsky, Frances ; Ness, Roberta B. / Accuracy and Reliability of Maternal Recall of Infant Birth Weight Among Older Women. In: Annals of epidemiology. 2006 ; Vol. 16, No. 6. pp. 429-431.
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