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Depression risk in young mothers

14th November 2008

Researchers say women who become mothers as teenagers or in their early 20s are more likely to suffer depression during pregnancy than older mothers.

The British Psychological Society conference heard that an 11-year study of 176 families found children born to women aged 16 to 22 are also more likely to have emotional problems and a lower than average IQ. Researchers say the findings show that more support is needed for young mums. The Department of Health said it recognised the "importance of effective and early support for women with antenatal and postnatal depression."

 

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