Study shows age a pos­i­tive

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

TELETHON Kids In­sti­tute re­search has shown that chil­dren born to older moth­ers fare well when it comes to be­hav­iour.

The study, pub­lished in Pae­di­atric and Peri­na­tal Epi­demi­ol­ogy, re­vealed that as a mother’s age at child­birth in­creases, the risk for be­hav­iour prob­lems in her child de­creases.

It used data from the Western Aus­tralian Preg­nancy Co­hort (Raine) Study and aimed to de­ter­mine whether chil­dren’s be­hav­iour de­vel­op­ment was im­pacted by the age of their par­ents when they were born.

Study au­thor Jessica Tearne from Telethon Kids said a trend in western coun­tries for peo­ple to have chil­dren later in life had given rise to a num­ber of stud­ies look­ing at the im­pact on both their and their chil­dren's health and well­be­ing.

“While a lot of th­ese stud­ies have looked at how older parental age re­lates to se­vere men­tal ill­nesses, not many have looked at how hav­ing older par­ents in­flu­ences more gen­eral be­hav­iour prob­lems in chil­dren,” Ms Tearne said.

The study looked into whether chil­dren dis­played higher or lower lev­els of both in­ter­nal­is­ing be­hav­iours and ex­ter­nal­is­ing be­hav­iours if their mum was in their mid-thir­ties or older when they were born.

“What we found from study­ing the data is that the older the mother at birth, the risk of her child ex­hibit­ing prob­lem be­hav­iours de­creases sig­nif­i­cantly, after ac­count­ing for other im­por­tant vari­ables such as so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus,” she said.

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