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ERIC Number: ED414553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Pages: 19
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Health of Children of the Working Poor: Description and Intervention.
Tinsley, Barbara J.; Wang, Shirley J.; Kwasman, Alan; Green, Delores; Morton, Linda
More and more often, children in the United States are denied services that help keep them healthy or heal them when they are ill. This study examines the demographic, psychological, and physical health status of a group of children (N=293) with no access to health care, and who experienced an acute health problem. The children ranged in age from 3 to 18 years. Over three quarters were Latinos and 37% of the acute health problems involved dental needs. Two important issues are examined: a comparison of the opinions of the treated children's parents, referring school nurses, and medical providers concerning the potential disruption to the children's immediate school attendance and functioning; and a portrayal of the differential perceptions of the children's parents and school nurses concerning the psychological motivations of the parents to obtain care for their children's acute health problems. The results underscore the importance of early attention to acute childhood health problems: (1) parents who are unable to provide medical care for their children do notice that their children need care and are active in trying to access healthcare for their children; (2) medical professionals must be taught that most lower, middle class parents, often termed the "working poor," do try very hard to procure physical health care for their children; and (3) too many children and falling through the cracks of the U.S. health care system. The average estimated monetary cost for each acute care service provided was $350, with 70% of nurses, 70% of parents, and 38% of health care providers reporting that the health problem was moderately to highly interfering with the child's school functioning. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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