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Learning disabilities are the most commonly diagnosed emotional, developmental or behavioural problem of US children

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Q What is the prevalence of emotional, developmental or behavioural problems in children and how do children with these problems compare demographically and socially to children without them?


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Cross sectional study.

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General population, USA; 2003 to 2004.

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102 353 children aged 0–17 years (51% male; 61% white, 18% Hispanic, 14% black, 3% multiracial, 4% other).

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Data were sourced from the 2003 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). Households were selected for the telephone survey by a random digit dial sampling system and one child per household was selected at random for inclusion. Information was obtained by telephone interview with the child’s main caregiver in the household. Population-based estimates were determined …

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  • For correspondence: James A Blackman, MD, MPH, Kluge Children’s rehabilitation Center and Research Institute, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, 2270 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA; jab5u{at}

  • Sources of funding: None stated.