Air Pollution Linked to Mental Health Issues in Children

Post Date: September 25, 2019 | Publish Date: Sept. 25, 2019


A study published Sept. 25, 2019, in Environmental Health Perspectives reports that short-term exposures to air pollution are driving more children to the emergency department for psychiatric treatment.

The study, based on utilization data from Cincinnati Children’s, also found that children living in disadvantaged neighborhoods may be more susceptible to the effects of air pollution compared to other children, especially for disorders related to anxiety and suicidality.

The lead authors of this study are Cole Brokamp, PhD, and Patrick Ryan, PhD, both with the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

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Publication Information

Original Title:Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Department Utilization and Fine Particulate Matter: A Case-Crossover Study
Published in:Environmental Health Perspectives
Publish date:Sept. 25, 2019

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