Document Detail

The mental health of adults born of unwanted pregnancies, their siblings, and matched controls: a 35-year follow-up study from Prague, Czech Republic.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12409858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study tested the hypothesis that being born of an unwanted pregnancy is a risk factor for poor mental health in adulthood. Self-report and objective data were collected at ages 28 to 31 and 32 to 35 years in a cohort of nearly 200 "unwanted" subjects born after their mothers had been twice denied an abortion for the same pregnancy. The same data were collected in a sociodemographically matched control cohort of "accepted" subjects whose mothers had not requested an abortion, and from siblings of both the unwanted subjects and the accepted control subjects. Logistic regression analyses conducted with several indicators of poor mental health in adulthood as dependent variables brought partial support for the hypothesis. Specifically, unwanted subjects became psychiatric patients (especially psychiatric inpatients) more frequently than their siblings and the accepted controls. Criminality, alcohol-related disorders, and heavy smoking were not associated with unwanted pregnancy.
Ludĕc Kubicka; Zdenĕc Roth; Zdenĕc Dytrych; Zdenĕc Matĕjcek; Henry P David
Related Documents :
17973698 - Restrained expectations in late pregnancy following loss.
8002428 - Reasons for employment or non-employment during pregnancy.
22332848 - Maternal and fetal cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript in diabetic and non-di...
19434208 - Effect of multiparity on electrolyte composition and blood pressure.
3603318 - Tick-bite fever in pregnancy. a case report.
10206198 - Does ovulation induction affect the pregnancy rate after laparoscopic treatment of endo...
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  190     ISSN:  0022-3018     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  2002 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-31     Completed Date:  2002-11-15     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  653-62     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Prague Psychiatric Center, Ustavní 91, 181 03 Praha 8, Czech Republic.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Abortion Applicants / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Adult Children / psychology*
Alcohol-Related Disorders / epidemiology
Crime / statistics & numerical data
Czech Republic / epidemiology
Follow-Up Studies
Longitudinal Studies
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*,  psychology
Pregnancy, Unwanted / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Risk Factors
Smoking / epidemiology
Grant Support
Erratum In:
J Nerv Ment Dis. 2003 Feb;191(2):137.

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Loss of health insurance and the risk for a decline in self-reported health and physical functioning...
Next Document:  Depression, adult attachment, and recollections of parental caring during childhood.