Of 11,017 individuals studied, 76 cases of schizophrenia were found in ages 16-28. Of these 1.5 per cent were from an unwanted pregnancy and 0.6 per cent were wanted; 0.5 per cent were mistimed. Stress during pregnancy may affect brain development and stress after birth leading to an abnormal family atmosphere could be contributing factors. "If a pregnancy is unwanted, this is more likely to put the child at risk of any psychological disorder," said Alyson Hall, a consultant in child psychology. "Children who are loved and wanted and cared for at childhood are less at risk."Reuse content
Unwanted children run a higher risk of schizophrenia than those who are wanted or "mistimed", a Finnish study in The British Journal of Psychiatry says. Being unwanted is two and a half times more common in schizophrenics than in others even after adjustments are made for parents' social background and other factors shown to be risk factors for schizophrenia.