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01 November 2007

Less distress for parents

It may be hard to believe, but a new US study says parents are less likely to suffer serious psychological distress than non-parents.

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It may be hard to believe, but a new US study says parents are less likely to suffer serious psychological distress than non-parents.

Researchers at RTI International in North Carolina analysed data on more than 33 000 American adults, ages 18 to 49, who took part in the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. They found that nine percent of parents had experienced serious psychological distress in the past year, compared to 12 percent of non-parents, ABC News reported.

Of all the adults, younger women with lower incomes were most likely to experience serious psychological distress, the study found.

In explaining the difference between parents and non-parents, the researchers said parents with a strong social support network of family and friends may recover more quickly from psychological problems, ABC News reported. - (HealthDayNews)

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