Psychosocial factors associated with becoming a young father in Finland: a nationwide longitudinal study

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dc.contributor.author Lehti, Venla
dc.contributor.author Sourander, Andre
dc.contributor.author Sillanmäki, Lauri
dc.contributor.author Helenius, Hans
dc.contributor.author Tamminen, Tuula
dc.contributor.author Kumpulainen, Kirsti
dc.contributor.author Almqvist, Frederik
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-14T09:54:34Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-14T09:54:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2458 -
dc.identifier.uri http://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/66315
dc.description BioMed Central open access -
dc.description.abstract Background Little is known about the characteristics of boys who become fathers at young age. Some studies have suggested that antisocial adolescents are more likely to be young fathers. The aim of this study was to examine the associations of psychosocial factors in childhood with becoming a young father, and to assess if they are independent of criminal behavior in adolescence. Methods The baseline assessment in 1989 included 2,946 boys born in 1981. Information about psychiatric symptoms at age eight was collected with Rutter questionnaires from parents and teachers and with the Child Depression Inventory from the children themselves. Data on criminal offenses at age 16–20 was collected from a police register. Register-based follow-up data on becoming a father under the age of 22 was available for 2,721 boys. Results The factors measured at age eight, which were associated with becoming a young father independently of adolescent criminality, were conduct problems, being born to a young father and having a mother with a low educational level. Having repeatedly committed criminal offences in adolescence was associated with becoming a young father independently of psychosocial factors in childhood. Conclusions Antisocial tendencies both in childhood and adolescence are associated with becoming a young father. They should be taken into consideration when designing preventive or supportive interventions. Keywords: Young father; Childhood; Adolescence; Risk factor; Epidemiology -
dc.language.iso en -
dc.title Psychosocial factors associated with becoming a young father in Finland: a nationwide longitudinal study -
dc.type fi=Artikkeli aikakauslehdessä | en=Journal Article| -
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:uta-201208141026 -
dc.identifier.doi doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-560 -
dc.type.version fi=Kustantajan versio | en=Publisher's version| -
dc.subject.okm fi=Neurologia ja psykiatria | en=Neurology and psychiatry| -
dc.administrativeunit fi=Lääketieteen yksikkö | en=School of Medicine| -
dc.journal.title BMC Public Health -
dc.journal.volume 12 -
dc.journal.number 560 -
dc.journal.volumepagerange 1-8 -
dc.journal.url http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-12-560.pdf -

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