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New study published on asthma rate in early school-age homeless children and behavior differences

The January issue of Pediatrics will contain a study documenting high rates of asthma among 4 to 7 year old children in families experiencing homelessness. The study finds an asthma rate of 27.9%, about three times the national and state averages. This figure is in line with other research that finds high rates of asthma among low-income children living in urban areas. Also, children with asthma had been hospitalized more often, showed higher levels of inattention/hyperactivity and behavior problems, and evidenced lower levels of academic functioning in the early school years. This project is the product of a multidisciplinary collaboration between members of the Institute of Child Development, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, and the Center for Neurobehavioral Development. Copies of the manuscript can be obtained by contacting J. J. Cutuli ( or accessed online through Pediatrics eFirst Pages (

Cutuli, J. J., Herbers, J. E., Rinaldi, M., Masten, A. S., & Oberg, C. N., "Asthma and behavior in homeless 4- to 7-year-olds," Pediatrics, published online: December 7, 2009 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-0103)

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