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Kusunoki, Hall, and Barber find obese teen girls less likely to use birth control

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Narayan Sastry

Sastry finds mothers' reading skills greatest determinant of children's academic success

a PSC In The News reference, 2010

"Improving mothers' literacy skills may be best way to boost children's achievement" - NIH News. 10/25/2010.

Narayan Sastry and Anne Pebley (UCLA) found that a mother's literacy is the largest single determinant of her children's academic success, outweighing the effects of neighborhood or family income. This in turn suggests that programs to improve maternal literacy skills may be very effective in overcoming school achievement disparities between children in poor and in more affluent communities.

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