Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Preterm Birth Has Emotional Aftereffects in Adult Relationships. (Study of Adults Born Preterm)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Preterm Birth Has Emotional Aftereffects in Adult Relationships. (Study of Adults Born Preterm)

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OSLO -- There are significant differences between babies born prematurely and those born at term in how they participate emotionally in relationships as adults, according to a study presented at the European Conference of Perinatal Medicine.

After observing in adults who were born prematurely empirical differences in their ability to make friends and how they were involved in intimate relationships, Dr. Mona Vintila and her associates examined 536 students at the West University of Timisoara, Romania. From this data pool, they identified 60 students who were born preterm and compared them with 60 others born at term. All participants were at least 18 years old and answered a general questionnaire, a jealousy test, and the Multidimensional Relationship Questionnaire.

"Thirty-two percent of those born preterm admitted they did not have friends during school," said Dr. Vintila of the university's department of psychiatry. "We thought that was a high percentage, especially for teenagers who want to belong at this point in life." She added that the pattern was present throughout school, beginning in kindergarten.

The investigators found differences between the groups in terms of internal relationship control, relationship consciousness, motivation, anxiety, assertiveness, monitoring, and satisfaction. …

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