The Asthma Epidemic: Decreasing Incidence and Increasing Resiliency among Low-Income Children
Roper, Jillian M.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Asthma in children
Asthma -- Treatment
Asthma -- Prevention
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Jillian M. Roper is a member of the Class of 2008 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]My sister is an asthmatic. . . . While my sister’s illness was a tremendous burden, she was also fortunate. She benefited from supportive parents, excellent health care, limited allergen exposure, and a pollution-free rural environment. She rarely suffers from asthma today and lives a perfectly healthy life. What if she had not had these family, health, and environmental protective factors? For low-income families, they are rarely available. Poor parents face low-self efficacy in dealing with asthma, possess inadequate health insurance, and frequently live in areas that are heavily burdened with respiratory irritants. Low-income asthmatics growing up without important resiliency factors are hindered by asthma’s physical and psychological effects, resulting in negative outcomes.Jillian Roper