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Child health-related quality of life and household food security.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15630058     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association of household food insecurity with child self- or proxy-reported health-related quality of life (HRQOL). DESIGN: Cross-sectional telephone survey from January 1, 2000, through June 30, 2000. PARTICIPANTS: Three hundred ninety-nine children who live in 36 counties of the Delta region of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Household food insecurity status was measured using the US Household Food Security Scale. Child HRQOL was measured by the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory, QL version 4.0. Analysis Summary statistics, linear and logistic regressions, incorporating survey weights, performed with SUDAAN version 8. RESULTS: Household food insecurity was significantly associated with total child HRQOL (P<.05) and physical function (P<.05), adjusted for child age, ethnicity, gender, and family income. Children aged 3 through 8 years in food insecure households were reported by parents to have lower physical function (P = .001), while children aged 12 through 17 years reported lower psychosocial function (P = .007). Black males in food insecure households reported lower physical function (P<.05) and lower total HRQOL (P<.05). CONCLUSIONS: Children who live in food insecure households have poorer HRQOL. The effect on physical or psychosocial function may differ by age, ethnicity, and gender. Food security should be considered an important risk factor for child health.
Patrick H Casey; Kitty L Szeto; James M Robbins; Janice E Stuff; Carol Connell; Jeffery M Gossett; Pippa M Simpson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine     Volume:  159     ISSN:  1072-4710     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Publication Date:  2005 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-04     Completed Date:  2005-01-27     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422751     Medline TA:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Child, Preschool
Continental Population Groups
Cross-Sectional Studies
Food Supply*
Health Status*
Nutrition Surveys*
Quality of Life*
Sex Factors

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