The Independent is reporting that researchers found children born in the last quartile of the academic year were estimated to have a 30 per cent increased risk of depression compared with those born in the first quartile.
The study, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), should be a catalyst for more research into the causes of depression in pupils and how to prevent it, researchers have argued.
Researchers used electronic GP records for a sample of 1 million young people in the UK, but did not set out to determine the potential reasons for links between age and depression.
However, they highlighted that younger children may find it harder to concentrate, leading to over-diagnosis of hyperactivity.
Pauline Hull, leader of the Summer Born Campaign that has called for more flexible admissions, told The Independent: “This study recognises the adverse effect on social and emotional outcomes for many summer-born children, and is a pattern we hope to see reversed in future years.”
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