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Association Between Child Poverty and Academic Achievement

Alma L. Golden, MD1
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1retired, Department of Pediatrics, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Temple
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(2):178-179. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3853.
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To the Editor Is poverty the primary determinant of child health and achievement, as the article by Hair et al1 and the editorial by Luby2 appear to imply? The article by Hair et al1 failed to address the myriad of interconnected variables associated with poverty. If the implied axiom were true, our parents and grandparents who endured the oppressive poverty of the Great Depression could never have become “the greatest generation.”

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February 1, 2016
Youssef Oulhote, PhD; Philippe Grandjean, MD, PhD
1Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(2):179-180. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3856.
February 1, 2016
Nicole L. Hair, PhD; Jamie L. Hanson, PhD; Barbara L. Wolfe, PhD; Seth D. Pollak, PhD
1Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
3Departments of Economics, Population Health Sciences, and Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison
4Department of Psychology and Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(2):180. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3859.
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