Dr. Janet Rosenbaum, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health, recently published an article in BMC Public Health on the relationship between school suspension and increased sexually transmitted infections (STI) risk among young adults.
In a study entitled “School Suspension Predicts Trichomoniasis Five Years Later in a Matched Sample
,” Dr. Rosenbaum found that young adults who were suspended were more likely to test positive for trichomoniasis years after their first suspension, compared with similar non-suspended young adults, matched on 67 pre-suspension variables including safe sex. Young adults from families with below-median household income were more affected, but the association was true even for young adults who graduated high school and didn’t have contact with criminal justice system.
Healthy People 2020 names high school graduation as a social determinant of health; this research suggests that school discipline policy may be an additional social determinant of health that is independent of educational attainment. This research is unique because it used a robust statistical matching method, and because it followed youth for 5 years, a longer period than past school suspension research to track health outcomes.
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