The number of mentally ill among the children of divorced parents

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The risk for psychiatric illness in adults is nearly four times higher among children whose parents divorced before he met his 17 years.
This is one of the conclusions of a scientific study in which experts are the first to investigate a hypothesis that the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, posed at the beginning of this century about the influence of the loss of parents on the mental health of their children when they mature.
Among the mentally ill studied and who lost their parents, influenced by the divorce between the parents proved to be significantly higher compared to the loss by death of one of them, according to investigators. The parallel study was conducted among mentally healthy persons who served as a control group and others who suffer from depression, manic-depressive tendencies and schizophrenia, and taking into account age, sex and its provenance.
One manifestation of this study was the parallel with “pairs” of a sick and healthy, and 79 formed to study depression, for many manic depressive tendencies and the same number to discuss cases of schizophrenia.
The loss of a parent at a young age, even 17 years old, was defined as a result of death or because those children were abandoned forever, and so came to determine, for example, that 29, 1 percent of patients studied lost that depression in childhood. This percentage in the comparison group was only 7.6 per cent, or 3.8 times higher among those who lost their parents in childhood and adolescence and adults being ill. He also warned that the loss of the mother had much more influence than the father between the mentally ill. 17.7 percent of manic depressive studied lost one parent before reaching 17 years, almost three times more than among the comparison group or control, and was almost three times higher among those suffering from schizophrenia. In cases where the loss occurred before the age of nine, these mental illnesses are affected more than four times (4.3) as its “peer” not sick.


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