Hilla University College Journal For Medical Science

Document Type

>Short Communication


Blood, Lead, School violence, Wasit, Children


Background: Toxic level of blood lead among schoolchildren was associated with violent behavior and may lead to delinquencies and truancy as well as low social skills and poor school performance.

Objective: to assess blood lead level among sample of students in secondary schools in Kut City and determining its relation to violent behavior.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out targeting students in three secondary schools in Kut City/Iraq. A convenience sample of 54 students were selected where; (27 violent students and 27 non-violent students) according to certain reference criteria.

Results: This study shows that 74% of our students had blood lead level more than 5 µg/dl. The mean blood lead level in violent students was higher than the mean of blood lead level in non-violent students but this level does not a reach significant statistical level PConclusion: Three out of four our students had blood lead level more than five µg/dl that indicated local environmental pollution with this toxic heavy metal. Periodic surveillance and further large-scale studies are needed to assess the extent of this health problem in order to plan effective strategic solutions.