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Columbia Reports Air Pollution and Psychological Distress during Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Behavior Problems

Maternal psychological distress combined with exposure to air pollution during pregnancy has an adverse impact on the child’s behavioral development, according to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The study, published online in Pediatrics, reports that maternal demoralization was linked with a number of behavioral problems, including anxiety, depression, attention problems, rule-breaking, externalizing problems, and aggressive behavior. The effects of demoralization were greatest among children with higher levels of prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in air pollution.