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Comment & Response
February 2016

Association Between Child Poverty and Academic Achievement

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

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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