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The Impact of School Building Conditions on Student Absenteeism in Upstate New York

Simons, Elinor ; Hwang, Syni-An ; Fitzgerald, Edward F ; Kielb, Christine ; Lin, Shao

American journal of public health (1971), 2010-09, Vol.100 (9), p.1679-1686 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    The Impact of School Building Conditions on Student Absenteeism in Upstate New York
  • Author: Simons, Elinor ; Hwang, Syni-An ; Fitzgerald, Edward F ; Kielb, Christine ; Lin, Shao
  • Subjects: Fungi ; New York ; Animals ; Humans ; Humidity ; Rodentia ; Logistic Models ; Ventilation ; Absenteeism ; Schools ; Cockroaches ; Facility Design and Construction ; Influence ; Forecasts and trends ; School buildings ; School attendance ; Index Medicus ; Abridged Index Medicus ; Research and Practice
  • Is Part Of: American journal of public health (1971), 2010-09, Vol.100 (9), p.1679-1686
  • Description: We investigated Upstate New York school building conditions and examined the associations between school absenteeism and building condition problems. We merged data from the 2005 Building Condition Survey of Upstate New York schools with 2005 New York State Education Department student absenteeism data at the individual school level and evaluated associations between building conditions and absenteeism at or above the 90th percentile. After adjustment for confounders, student absenteeism was associated with visible mold (odds ratio [OR]=2.22; 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.34, 3.68), humidity (OR=3.07; 95% CI=1.37, 6.89), poor ventilation (OR=3.10; 95% CI=1.79, 5.37), vermin (OR=2.23; 95% CI=1.32, 3.76), 6 or more individual building condition problems (OR=2.97; 95% CI=1.84, 4.79), and building system or structural problems related to these conditions. Schools in lower socioeconomic districts and schools attended by younger students showed the strongest associations between poor building conditions and absenteeism. We found associations between student absenteeism and adverse school building conditions. Future studies should confirm these findings and prioritize strategies for school condition improvements.
  • Publisher: United States: American Public Health Association
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1541-0048
    ISSN: 0090-0036
    EISSN: 1541-0048
    DOI: 10.2105/ajph.2009.165324
    PMID: 20634471
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