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Research Letter
March 20, 2019

Association of Timing of Onset of Maternal Mental Disorders With Completion of Primary Education in Offspring

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Economics and Business Economics, School of Business and Social Sciences, National Center for Register-Based Research, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2IPsych, the Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrative Psychiatric Research, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 3Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 4Psychiatric Research Center, Mental Health Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
JAMA Psychiatry. 2019;76(7):761-762. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0041

Poor school performance and risk of not completing primary education have been observed in children born of mothers with severe psychiatric disorders (eg, schizophrenia) at the time of conception1 and of mothers with mental disorders with specific onset during pregnancy and postpartum.2,3 It is, however, unknown whether the specific timing of onset of maternal mental disorders is associated with completion of primary education in offspring.

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