To provide fuller detail on disparities in child health, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies undertook an examination of how selected child health indicators (low birthweight, health status (excellent, very good, good, fair, poor or unknown), unmet dental care needs, ADHD/ADD diagnosis, asthma diagnosis, learning disability diagnosis, and activity limitation) vary by sociodemographic characteristics. This brief examines disparities in the prevalence of a lifetime asthma diagnosis among children under the age of 18 who are African American, Hispanic or white. Comparisons of asthma frequency are made between the racial/ethnic groups of children overall and between children of various racial/ethnic groups in families with comparable socio-demographic characteristics (such as family type, educational attainment of householder, employment status of household, poverty status, and health insurance coverage).
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