Risk of developing mental disorders later in life potentially higher in children of low-income familieshelsinki.fi
- Researchers studied data from ~1 million Danish children born 1980 - 2000, with family income measured when they were 5, 10 and 15.
- Mental health was monitored from the age of 15 until a mental disorder diagnosis, or until 2016.
- 25.2% of children born in lowest income families developed clinically diagnosed mental disorders, compared to 13.5% of those born into highest incomes.
- The longer children lived in low-income families, the greater their risk of mental disorders later on.
- Study authors suggest that prevention of such disorders should start in childhood, and low-income families should get support.