Childhood Lead Exposure May Affect Personality, Mental Health in Adulthood

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The link between childhood lead exposure and long-term cognitive deficits is established, but can such exposure also influence personality and mental health later in life? In this JAMA Psychiatry study, researchers tracked hundreds of children for more than 30 years to find out.

Previous observational studies have found an association between prenatal or childhood lead exposure and an increased risk of schizophrenia and antisocial behaviors in adulthood. But these studies were small, limited to individual psychiatric conditions, and relied on single time-point psychological assessments. As such, researchers have yet to rigorously explore how lead exposure during childhood affects lifelong mental health.

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