School with Food Allergies: A Survey of Students and Caregivers


  • Sadie Cathcart, Doctoral Candidate, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Lindsay Fallon, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Stacy Bender, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • Michael Pistiner, Director of Food Allergy Advocacy, Education and Prevention, Food Allergy Center, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, MGH


Food allergies have recently increased in prevalence, now affecting approximately two children per US classroom (Gupta et al., 2018). Questionnaire data presented in this poster capture experiences of school-based allergy management among 3rd-5th grade students with food allergies and their primary caregivers in relation to perceptions of school policy and rules, sources of support, and emotional and environmental considerations. Implications for school counselors, psychologists, and educators are highlighted.

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