Study links childhood exposure to air pollution and self-harm in later life

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 16/9/2021

Description

A study of over 1.4 million Danes has revealed a link between higher levels of exposure to two common pollutants during childhood and an increased risk of self-harm in later life.

The study is a collaboration between academics at The University of Manchester and Aarhus University in Denmark. The team investigated if long–term residential exposure to particulate matter (PM2.5) with an aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5µm and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) during childhood was linked to later self-harm risk.

Study links childhood exposure to air pollution and self-harm in later life (manchester.ac.uk) 

Media coverage

TitleChildren breathing polluted air 'more likely to self harm'
Media name/outletThe Daily Telegraph
Media typePrint
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date17/09/21
PersonsPearl Mok, Roger Webb
TitleDirty air link to childhood self-harm
Media name/outletDaily Mail
Media typePrint
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date17/09/21
PersonsPearl Mok, Roger Webb
TitleChildren in polluted areas more likely to self-harm
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typePrint
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date16/09/21
URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/children-in-polluted-areas-more-likely-to-self-harm-5flmfllx6
PersonsPearl Mok, Roger Webb
TitleChildren exposed to high levels of air pollution have up to a 50% higher chance of self-harming, study claims
Media name/outletMailOnline
Media typeWeb
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Date16/09/21
URLhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9998297/Children-exposed-high-levels-air-pollution-50-higher-chance-self-harming.html
PersonsPearl Mok, Roger Webb