Elevated Blood Lead Levels and Juvenile Detention Rates in Florida

EPA Grant Number: U915803
Title: Elevated Blood Lead Levels and Juvenile Detention Rates in Florida
Investigators: Erhunse, Adesuwa I.
Institution: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
EPA Project Officer: Michaud, Jayne
Project Period: August 1, 2000 through August 1, 2002
Project Amount: $68,000
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Research Category: Engineering and Environmental Chemistry , Academic Fellowships , Fellowship - Environmental Engineering


The objective of this research project is to determine if elevated blood lead is a risk factor for the detention of juveniles in Florida.


Blood lead level data will be collected from the Florida Department of Health from youths aged 10-17 years of age, for the periods of 1993-2000. Juvenile detention data for the same age groups and time period will be collected. The two data sets will be compared, and data will be queried for youth appearing in both data sets. The names of the youths will be coded to maintain their confidentiality as required by law. Additional variables will include sociodemographics at the block group level provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, such as population density, percentage of households receiving assistance income, median per capita income, and percentages of houses built prior to 1979.

Expected Results:

The data obtained will show a correlation between elevated blood lead and cognitive and learning disabilities as related to youth housed in juvenile detention facilities.

Supplemental Keywords:

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Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2001
  • Final