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 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)
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)
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)
'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)