Children of low-income parents face a greater risk of mental illness, new FHI report claims

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Children of parents in the lowest income class face a three to four times higher risk of developing mental illness compared to children in families with higher income.

According to a new report from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), boys from low-income families were most at risk. 

In that group, 15.4% were diagnosed with mental illness in childhood – four times higher than in the same age group of boys with rich parents.

The diagnosis of ADHD contributed to the greatest differences, closely followed by anxiety and depression.

Eating disorders in girls were the exception, where no correlation was found with the family’s income level.

The study followed 1,354,393 children aged 5 to 17 years over an 8-year period.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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