Study: Races parent children differently

Feb. 8, 2005 at 2:39 PM

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Wisconsin researchers have documented significant differences in minority access to and satisfaction with healthcare among black and Hispanic families.

A team from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin conducted a healthcare study, to be published in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics, and a home issues study, to be published in the February issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

The healthcare study analyzed parental surveys involving 2,608 children aged 35 months to 48 months. It found Hispanic and black children were significantly less likely than white children to be in excellent or very good health.

The home study used the same data to determine minority children were less likely than white children to have their daily meals at the same time or to eat lunch and dinner with their parents. Hispanic parents were less likely to take their children on daily outings and black children spent more hours per day watching TV than other groups.

It also found minority parents were substantially less likely than white parents to install home safety devices or read to their children.

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