London: One of the largest studies to investigate birth complications and later mental health has found that premature birth constitutes a single, independent risk factor for a range of severe psychiatric disorders. Researchers at King`s College London and Karolinska Institute in Sweden suggest that neurodevelopmental differences in those born prematurely may be important in understanding the link, a statement from the college said. The study, published in The Archives of General Psychiatry, found that individuals born very prematurely (less than 32 weeks gestation) were three times more likely to be hospitalised with a psychiatric disorder aged 16 years and older, compared to those born at term (37-41 weeks gestation).
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