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Family Structure Linked with AD in US Children

J Am Acad Dermatol; ePub 2018 May 31; McKenzie, et al

US children from families with single adults, single mothers, non-biological fathers, or unmarried mothers may have increased odds of atopic dermatitis (AD), according to a recent study. Furthermore, family structures were associated with poorer overall health, depression, anxiety, and stress in children with AD. Data were analyzed from 13,275 children (≤17 years) and their parents from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Researchers found:

  • In multivariable logistic regression models adjusting for socio-demographics, children from single adult households (adjusted odds ratio: 1.272 [1.050–1.542]), families with ≤2 members (1.413 [1.079–1.852]), families with a mother, but no father present (1.402 [1.179–1.667]), non-biological fathers (1.464 [1.089–1.969]), or unmarried mothers (1.508 [1.017–2.237]) had increased odds of AD.
  • Among children with AD, there were significantly increased odds of having only good/fair/poor vs very good/excellent overall health (1.545 [1.262–1.893]), greater odds of depression (2.287 [1.523–3.434]), anxiety (2.001 [1.543–2.595]), and stress (2.013 [1.499–2.704]).

Citation:

McKenzie C, Silverberg JI. Association of family structure with atopic dermatitis in United States children. [Published online ahead of print May 31, 2018]. J Am Acad Dermatol. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2018.05.039.

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