Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: Dr Case argues that we were too conservative
in interpreting our findings from our study of the effects of an income supplement
on children's psychiatric symptoms. However, given a mean difference of 0.4
symptoms in total emotional symptom scores among ex-poor children, we were
not comfortable in claiming a clinically significant effect of the intervention
in that area. As we collect more data over time, we expect to be able to further
clarify these relationships in our sample.
Costello EJ, Compton SN, Keeler G, Angold A. Effect of Poverty on Emotional Symptoms in Children—Reply. JAMA. 2004;291(4):424. doi:10.1001/jama.291.4.424-b