Research suggests smoking during pregnancy could lead to psychological issues in children

Posted by pt91 at Jul 26, 2013 05:05 PM |
Academics from the University of Leicester examine the link between maternal smoking during pregnancy and conduct problems among offspring
Research suggests smoking during pregnancy could lead to psychological issues in children

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Smoking during pregnancy appears to be a prenatal risk factor associated with conduct problems in children, according to a study published by JAMA Psychiatry.

Conduct disorder is an international concern, with rates of child conduct problems continuing to rise.

Professor Gordon Harold and Dr. Darya Gaysina of the University of Leicester School of Psychology claim in their study background that maternal smoking during pregnancy is already known to be a risk factor for psychological problems in children, such as attention deficit disorder.

But, along with colleagues in the United States and New Zealand, they have expanded their research by examining the offspring conduct problems among children raised by both genetically related mothers and genetically unrelated mothers.

The study suggests that there is a significant link between maternal smoking during pregnancy and offspring conduct problems, seen among children raised by both genetically related mothers and genetically unrelated mothers. Further results from a meta-analysis affirmed this pattern of findings across a pool of study samples.

  • JAMA Psychiatry, Published online July 24, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.127.

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