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Possible Benefits of Delayed Childbearing

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Possible Benefits of Delayed Childbearing

Here is a study that brings back an idea of having children later in life and the nefefits of “biology of aging seems to put older parents in an unfavorable position with regard to their offspring’s physical and mental health, these contradictory effects of parental age on offspring mental health outcomes might be explained by a psychosocial perspective. Being a child of older parents can have substantial benefits (Lawlor, Mortensen, & Andersen, 2011), as older parents not only are often in a better socioeconomic position than young parents (Bray, Gunnell, & Davey Smith, 2006), thereby providing a more favorable environment for children, they also have greater life experience“. Researchers analyzed the diverse behavior of 32,892 Dutch children when they were young (10 to 12 years old). Problem behavior was rated by fathers, mothers, teachers, and the children themselves through a series of standardized methods.

Authors: Maria A.J. Zondervan‐Zwijnenburg Sabine A.M. Veldkamp Alexander Neumann Stefania A. Barzeva Stefanie A. Nelemans Catharina E.M. van Beijsterveldt Susan J.T. Branje Manon H.J. Hillegers Wim H.J. Meeus Henning Tiemeier Herbert J.A. Hoijtink Albertine J. Oldehinkel Dorret I. Boomsma

Source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/cdev.13267

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