Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Boys Living with Single Parents at Risk. (Higher Drug, Alcohol Mortality)

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Boys Living with Single Parents at Risk. (Higher Drug, Alcohol Mortality)

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Swedish boys living with single parents are at least five times more likely to die because of drug or alcohol addiction than are boys living with two parents, said Gunilla Ringback Weitoft of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm, and associates.

After age adjustment, boys living with single parents were at least four times more likely to die from external violence and three times as likely to die from poisoning or falls. In addition, the investigators found that boys living in single-parent homes were more than 50% more likely to die from any cause than were boys living with two parents.

Swedish girls living with single parents were at least twice as likely to commit suicide and at least three times as likely to die from drug or alcohol addiction-related causes as were girls living with two parents.

In general, children raised by single parents have higher risks of addiction, injury, suicide, and development of psychiatric disease than do children raised in two-parent households, according to the Swedish study, which looked at 65,085 children living with single parents and 921,257 children living with two parents in 1985 and 1990 (Lancet 361[9354]:289-95, 2003). …

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