Zdenĕc Matĕjcek

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AIMS The identification of childhood personality predictors of drinking and smoking behaviour in adults. DESIGN A 24-year follow-up study. SETTING Prague, the Czech Republic. PARTICIPANTS Combined cohorts of 220 males and females born of unwanted pregnancies, and 220 control subjects, examined with low attrition rates at ages 9-10, 21-23, 28-31 and(More)
The results of the fourth wave of the Prague Study of subjects born of unwanted pregnancies (UP) are reported. Of these young adults, 190 were examined at age 30 together with pair-matched control subjects born of accepted pregnancies (AP). Siblings of both UP and AP subjects were also examined. As in the previous data waves the UP subjects manifest less(More)
This study tested the hypothesis that being born of an unwanted pregnancy is a risk factor for poor mental health in adulthood. Self-report and objective data were collected at ages 28 to 31 and 32 to 35 years in a cohort of nearly 200 "unwanted" subjects born after their mothers had been twice denied an abortion for the same pregnancy. The same data were(More)
'Compulsory childbearing has varied and sometimes unfavorable consequences for the subsequent life of the child.... The higher incidence of illness and hospitalization..., slightly poorer school marks and performance, somewhat worse integrationin the peer group--all point to a higher risk situation for the (unwanted) child and the family, as well as for(More)
UNLABELLED The authors analyzed representative data on the increase of inborn developmental defects in Czechoslovakia; in 1970-1980 the increment was + 50%. Inborn developmental defects are studied from the psychiatric aspect as a stimulus causing a reaction of the family to the breakdown of their parenteral expectations of a healthy child and the problem(More)
The detrimental effects of being unwanted at birth on the psychological and social development of children are confirmed in this Czechoslovakian study. 220 children of women who had twice had applications for abortion denied in the early 1960s were followed from birth through adolescence, and compared in their development to comparable children whose(More)
The term psychic subdeprivation is explained on the basis of findings assembled in a series of research investigations the object of which were relatively large samples of children growing up in families under less favourable emotional circumstances - children born from unwanted pregnancies, children from families of alcoholics, children of illegitimate(More)
This study examines the experiences of 220 children born in Czechoslovakia between 1961 and 1964. These children were born as a result of unwanted pregnancies to mothers who were refused legal abortions. Following these "unwanted children" through adolescence and into adulthood, the authors find evidence of abnormal psycho-social development relative to a(More)