Parents of large families at more risk of mental illness
HAVING more than two children increases the risk of depression, according to a recent study from King's College London.
This found that parents of three children had an 11 per cent higher risk of developing depression than those with just two (who had no increased risk). Among those with four or more children, the rates were 27 per cent higher, suggests the survey of 52,000 men and women, reported in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
Depression was more likely when parents were not living together and may be linked to the financial burden of having multiple children, say researchers.
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