Birth Complications May Up Later Social Anxiety Risk in Children

by Adeline Dorcas on  March 21, 2019 at 2:49 PM Child Health News
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Complications during birth may put children at a higher risk of developing social anxiety symptoms later in life, reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the journal Infant and Child Development.
Birth Complications May Up Later Social Anxiety Risk in Children
Birth Complications May Up Later Social Anxiety Risk in Children

A new study indicates that complications during birth may increase the risk that children will develop social anxiety by their pre-teen years.

For the study, 149 children aged nine to 12 years were screened for behavioral inhibition--a tendency to exhibit a fearful disposition and withdrawal in unfamiliar contexts and situations--and assessed for social anxiety symptoms using parent- and child reports.

Investigators found that perinatal complications were associated with higher levels of behavioral inhibition and social anxiety symptoms.

Additionally, analyses suggested that behavioral inhibition acted as a pathway between birth complications and social anxiety symptoms.

"This study sets the stage for future longitudinal work examining whether childhood temperament is a developmental path by which birth complications lead to social anxiety symptoms," said lead author Dr. Santiago Morales, of the University of Maryland.

Source: Eurekalert

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