Apparently, a family’s income level may have an effect on their child’s mental or physical challenges. In fact, from 2002 to 2012, diagnosed cases of asthma, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD skyrocketed for children living in the United States. A new study shows that income level plays a role in a child’s diagnosis, but it’s not what you think.
Income level correlates with physical and mental diagnoses.
Asthma rates in children who live under the federal poverty level were nearly double the amount of those who were, 25.8 percent for the former compared to 13 percent for the latter Autism Spectrum Disorder were up by 36 percent for children residing in households with incomes 400% or higher above the federal poverty line. Meanwhile, children living below the poverty line only saw a 13.3 percent increase during that time. Finally, ADHD for children living in poverty saw a 43.2% increase in diagnoses, while those at other income levels only had a 33.4% increase.
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