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Childhood Asthma and the Factors Correlating to Income

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What physical and social factors that differ between low-income and high-income neighborhoods have implications for the incidence of childhood asthma?

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In recent years many studies have aimed to investigate whether social economic status correlates with the prevalence of childhood asthma. Asthma etiology is considered to be multifactorial, meaning that genetics and environmental factors, such as second-hand smoking, play an important role in the development and severity of asthma. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and according to a nationwide survey the prevalence of asthma among school-age children was reportedly 7.6% (Suh, Kim, Sohn, Kim, Kim, and Shin 2011). Research shows that asthma disproportionately affects nonwhites in urban areas and those of low socioeconomic status (SES) (Akinbami, 2006).

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This short answer, approximately 250 words, compares whether social economic status correlates with the prevalence of childhood asthma. This solution looks at some of the multi-factorial reasons that children develop asthma and uses research statistics to conclude whether these situations are more likely to be present for children in lower socioeconomic groups. This solution also contains links to three peer reviewed journals with further statistics and information about the prevalence of childhood asthma.