Premature Babies At An Increased Risk Of Mental Problems

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Premature babies at an increased risk for mental problems such as depression and anxiety till their 30s, research suggests.

-The study involved meta-analysis of close to 41 studies over a period of 27 years that included 2,712 individuals with extremely low birth weights and 11,127 individuals with normal birth weights.

-The studies were conducted from 1990 to 2016 in different countries of North America, Europe or Australia.

-The study suggested that premature babies were at an increased risk of developing mental problems such as depression and anxiety in their later years (30s).

-The common difficulties observed in the attentional control, anxiety related problems and social interaction problems such as social withdrawal.

-Findings were published in journal Psychological Bulletin.

Source: Journal Psychological Bulletin

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