Some young people’s expec­ta­tions that they will not live long, healthy lives may actu­ally fore­shadow such outcomes.

New research pub­lished August 1 in the open access journal PLOS ONE reports that, for Amer­ican teens, the expec­ta­tion of death before the age of 35 pre­dicted increased risk behav­iors including sub­stance abuse and sui­cide attempts later in life and a dou­bling to tripling of mor­tality rates in young adulthood.

The researchers, led by Quynh Nguyen of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, found that one in seven par­tic­i­pants in grades 7 to 12 reported per­ceiving a 50–50 chance or less of sur­viving to age 35.

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