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Raised Suicide Risk For Kids With Teen Mothers

Published fredag 24 september 2004 kl 13.54

Researchers at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm say babies of teenage mothers and infants who have a low birth weight have a higher risk of committing suicide later in life than other children.

Social and economic conditions, stress during pregnancy, poor parenting and poor maternal health are thought to be contributing factors to an increased suicide risk.
Reuters quotes Dr. Danuta Wasserman, who worked on the study: “We need to monitor and support young mothers during pregnancy and to follow-up their newborn children to help them with emotional and practical support when needed.

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