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School and Activities

Behavioral, emotional, and developmental conditions can hamper children’s ability to succeed in school and to participate in activities alongside their peers. This section reviews a number of indicators of children’s activities in and out of school, compared to children without emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions.

It is important to note that, while the differences between the populations of children with and without these conditions may be stark, these differences may not be attributable exclusively to the effects of the conditions. Variation in children’s family circumstances, including income and family structure, and community characteristics, such as neighborhood amenities, may also contribute to children’s school performance and opportunities for activities outside of school.