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Association Between Child Poverty and Academic Achievement

Youssef Oulhote, PhD1; Philippe Grandjean, MD, PhD1
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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.
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To the Editor Hair et al1 reported in the September 2015 issue of JAMA Pediatrics on the association between child poverty, brain development, and academic achievement. This study provided evidence that as much as 20% of poverty-associated achievement deficits may be a result of a maturation lag in the frontal lobe, the temporal lobe, and the hippocampus. The authors suggested that the results might underestimate the true effect of poverty on child development because they examined a relatively healthy sample of US children who, for the most part, differ only in terms of family income.


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February 1, 2016
Alma L. Golden, MD
1retired, Department of Pediatrics, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Temple
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(2):178-179. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.3853.
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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