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Children of imprisoned parents indulge in unhealthy behaviours, says study

A recent study has claimed that having a parent in prison has an impact on children's behaviour.

Courtesy: ANI

According to a study, these young adults are more likely to skip needed healthcare, smoke cigarettes, engage in risky sexual behaviours, and abuse alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs.


Strikingly, incarceration of a mother during childhood, as opposed to a father, doubled the likelihood of young adults using the emergency department instead of a primary care setting for medical care.

Young adults, whose mothers had been incarcerated, were also twice as likely to have sex in exchange for money, while those with histories of father incarceration were 2.5 times more likely to use intravenous drugs.

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