Teens born in areas experiencing high unemployment rates at the time of the recessions of 1980-1981 and 1982 were more likely to display certain delinquent behaviors such as smoking, drinking, marijuana use, arrests and thefts, according to a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry. However, researchers said that employment rates were not linked to use of guns or hard drugs.
Economic strains at birth may raise teenage delinquent behavior risk
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