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January 28, 2004

Effect of Poverty on Emotional Symptoms in Children—Reply

JAMA. 2004;291(4):424. doi:10.1001/jama.291.4.424-b

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.

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