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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    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
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.
Authors:
Ludĕc Kubicka; Zdenĕc Roth; Zdenĕc Dytrych; Zdenĕc Matĕjcek; Henry P David
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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    
Affiliation:
Prague Psychiatric Center, Ustavní 91, 181 03 Praha 8, Czech Republic.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Abortion Applicants / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Adult
Adult Children / psychology*
Alcohol-Related Disorders / epidemiology
Comorbidity
Crime / statistics & numerical data
Czech Republic / epidemiology
Family*
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Hospitalization
Humans
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Mental Disorders / epidemiology*,  psychology
Pregnancy
Pregnancy, Unwanted / psychology,  statistics & numerical data*
Risk Factors
Smoking / epidemiology
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
HD 05569/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; HD 25574/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
Comments/Corrections
Erratum In:
J Nerv Ment Dis. 2003 Feb;191(2):137.

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