Small children who grow up in a family where the mother has psychological distress, the family is exposed to stress or is lacking social support, are at higher risk of developing anxious and depressive symptoms in early adolescence. Girls are more vulnerable than boys, and very timid or short-tempered children are more vulnerable than others to develop emotional problems.
This is shown in a new doctorate study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental problems for children and adolescents.
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