Flummoxed by CDC Report


The CDC published this report. It says that rural children are more likely to have developmental disabilities. By 2%. TWO PERCENT!

The sky is falling once again, Chicken Little!

This is another in a long list of pseudo-analyses of existing data that purports to show a correlation from items not studied initially. You have seen these same kinds of analysis PROVE that ghosts exist, and aliens have visited the earth in ancient times.

First, you get a bunch of adults without formal education in developmental health (or the supernatural) to decide if their child has mental health issues (or have seen ghosts!). Then you correlate the data with the availability of mental health resources and voila! There you have it! A group of parents, deciding their children have something wrong with them, have PROVEN for a FACT that rural children have more developmental disabilities (or seen more ghosts) than urban children.

Parents have determined that their children are developmentally disabled! WOW! What a revelation! And what kind of developmental disabilities did these self-declaring parents report?

“Overall, developmental disabilities were more prevalent in children living in rural areas than in urban areas. This difference appears to be largely attributable to the higher prevalence of ADHD seen among children living in rural areas, although children living in rural areas were also more likely to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy.”

AHA!Eureka! Egad, we found it, Watson! More rural parents report their children to have ADHD than city folk!

(sarcasm, alert!) More cerebral palsy, too, but this is the Center For Disease Control, and we don’t care about cerebral palsy, we only care about developmental disabilities NOT caused by diseases! (Go figure.)

Okay. Let’s give this research its due. The authors boldly list the limitations of the study as well as the results.

“Diagnoses for all conditions were parent-reported and were not validated either through clinical evaluation or educational records. Parental report is susceptible to recall biases, particularly among parents of older children. Despite this, NHIS has several notable strengths in both its large sample size and high response rate for a national survey.”

In other words, it’s okay that the declarations of the parents were not validated with facts! We authors have a heck-of-a-lot more parents self-declaring, and that is way more significant than checking on the facts through an analysis of clinical evaluations and educational records!

Sigh…Sometimes college educations are wasted. These authors prove it to be true. They self-declare by publishing this tripe. We should ask their parents for their opinions on the authors’ developmental disabilities.

I suspect the authors have parentally-diagnosed ADHD.