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Early behavioral regulation tied to mental health in childhood

Infants who had moderately unsettled behavioral regulation at age 12 months were more likely to have positive screens for mental disorders at age 11 and those who had severely unsettled behavioral regulation were more likely to have positive screens at ages 5 years and 11 years, compared with infants who were settled, researchers reported in Pediatrics. The findings also showed that the likelihood of clinically significant parent-reported mental health concerns among those with moderate or severe behavioral dysregulation in infancy rose over time.

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