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Link found between mother’s depression in pregnancy and antisocial behaviour in teens

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According to a new study, children from urban areas whose mothers suffer from depression during pregnancy are more likely than others to show antisocial behaviour, including violent behaviour, in their teen and adult years. Furthermore, women who are aggressive and disruptive in their own teen years are more likely to become depressed in pregnancy. To put it simply, a mother’s history can predict their child’s antisocial behaviours.

The study found that mothers who became depressed when pregnant were four times as likely to have children who were violent at sixteen. This was true for both boys and girls. The mothers’ depression, in turn, was predicted by their own aggressive and disruptive behavior as teens.

Read the full story at Science Daily.

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