New findings based on the Growing Up in Ireland study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology show that children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy have a higher risk of behavioural problems at age 9
The research, conducted by Dr Cathal McCrory (TCD) and Professor Richard Layte (ESRI), is based on data from Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children. A fully copy of the journal article is available to download at http://www.springerlink.com/content/kn64516nx15v59q3/. A research bulletin which discusses the paper and its implications can be found at www.esri.ie. Smoking During Pregnancy in Ireland
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Speaking today, one of the report’s authors Dr Cathal McCrory, said:
“It has been known for some time that smoking during pregnancy is associated with premature birth and low birth-weight, but the results of this study show that the effects of smoking during pregnancy are long-lasting and can affect aspects of the child’s emotional and behavioural development in later life. These findings reinforce the need for programs aimed at promoting successful cessation of smoking during what is a critical period for the developing infant.
Growing Up in Ireland is a Government funded study following the progress of almost 20,000 children and their families – a Child Cohort of 8,568 children interviewed at nine years and 13 years of age and an Infant Cohort of 11,134 children participating at nine months and three years of age. The study is being conducted by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin. Those wishing to find out more about the study can visit the study’s website www.growingup.ie.
For further Information please contact:
Dr Cathal McCrory, Trinity College Dublin, + 353 1 8964263, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
1. The ESRI Research Bulletin “Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy and Child Well-Being: A Burning Issue”, by Cathal McCrory (TCD) and Richard Layte (ESRI), is available to download on the ESRI website today (12/11/2012). The full Journal Article is available to download at http://www.springerlink.com/content/kn64516nx15v59q3/
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