Street Children Struggle, But Fare Better Than Previously Thought: Scientific American

They live under woefully desperate conditions, but street children may be better off than once thought. New findings, presented at the annual gathering of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Buffalo, N.Y., bolster previous work suggesting that homeless urban children are actually healthier and more likely to survive than are their peers who grow up in poor but intact families in agricultural villages. Full Story »

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by Alison Deknis - May. 7, 2009

This article presents interesting findings of a study done on Guatemalan street children's BMI compared to children who grow up in poor families in agricultural villages. The story is very short and is not in-depth.

I was somewhat surprised by the findings the study discussed, but it makes sense that street children would develop resiliency, become self-reliant, and adapt physically to homelessness since it is the only way for them to survive. However, I'm sure that the children who live in poor but intact families in agricultural villages fair better in a number of other psychological and social factors.

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