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Summer born children and depression.

Summer born children and depression.

Summer born children could be more likely to be diagnosed with depression by the time they reach GCSE age than older children in the school year, a study has suggested.

Researchers found children born in the last quartile of the academic year were estimated to have a 30 per cent increased risk of depression compared with those born in the first quartile.

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The study, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), should be a catalyst for more research into the causes of depression in pupils and how to prevent it, researchers have argued.

 

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