PPC Journal Article on Oral Clefts Selected as Featured Article


An article authored by Margaret Tyler, George Wehby, James Robbins and Peter Damiano of the Public Policy Center was chosen as the featured article in a press release by The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.  The article, titled "Separation Anxiety in Children Ages 4 Through 9 With Oral Clefts," examines anxiety levels of children with oral clefts between the ages of four and nine.  The research found that of the 279 children identified in the study, one quarter (24%) of them were affected by Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), which is significantly higher than the U.S. child population estimates of 3-5%.  The risk of SAD more than doubled in children with speaking and eating impairments.

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The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, celebrating 50 years of publication, is the "premiere peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, international journal dedicated to current research on etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in all areas pertaining to craniofacial anomalies. The Journal reports on basic science and clinical research aimed at better elucidating the pathogenesis, pathology, and optimal methods of treatment of cleft and craniofacial anomalies. The Journal strives to foster communication and cooperation among professionals from all specialties."