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Children born to older parents tend to have fewer behavior problems

According to a study conducted by researchers from various Dutch institutes, children who are born to those parents who are older than average are more likely to have no particular behavior problems.

The study, which appeared in Child Development, describes the results that the researchers achieved by analyzing data on 32,892 Dutch children aged 10 to 12 years. The problematic behavior was evaluated based on the statements of the father, mother, teachers and children themselves through a series of standard tool questionnaires. Children belonged to various social strata and to families of various socio-economic levels.

The results showed that the children of older parents showed less externalizing behavior problems and that the age of the parents did not seem particularly related to the problems of behavior of internalization of the children.

Dorret Boomsma, professor of biological psychology and behavioral genetics and one of the authors of the study explains the results: “It is possible that some of the reasons why older parents have children with minor problems such as aggression is that older parents have more resources and higher levels of education. But it is important to note that the higher average education level of older parents does not completely explain the reduced levels of outsourcing problems in their children.”

According to the researchers, therefore, parents should not worry too much about any harmful effects on having a child at an advanced age. The research was carried out by researchers from the University of Utrecht, the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, the Erasmus Medical Center and the University Medical Center Groningen.