Study finds growing up with older parents positively impacts child’s behaviour

One of the most essential parts of parenting is how child ‘s grooming is carried out. If not done properly, the kid is likely to grow up learning deviant activities as opposed to being morally sound. Your child’s behaviour will be influenced by a number of factors.

Take the social circumstances for example. Growing up and living in a household characterized by a constant fight between parents will have a negative impact. Similarly, some studies have also shown that long exposure to video games will induce the kid to pick up violent traits.

But little did we know about the effect parents’ age would have on the child’s behaviour.

Interestingly enough, new research findings have concluded that older parents are likely to raise children with less behavioural problems. This includes (but is not restricted) to conditions such as ADHD and Down Syndrome.

So what this really means is that it’s not all bad news if you are old and deciding to have a kid!

Child’s Behaviour & Parents Age

One popular conception grounded in the field of medical science is that delaying having children is consequential. Particularly, when you look into what empirical evidence would suggest. Female fertility will start to decline as soon as the women enter her early 40s. For men aged above 50, the quality of sperm starts deteriorating reducing the chances of fertilization.

While these complications are a real possibility, they may not hold true for the entire old parents’ population. Putting these risks aside, for the time being, raising a kid in older age is actually beneficial considering the impact on a child’s behaviour.

This is what Dutch scientists associated with the Society for Research in Child Development have to say. According to their observations and findings, children who were born to parents with an average age exceeding 35 exhibited fewer behavioural issues.

For instance, the child had a lesser chance of infliction of ADHD, Down Syndrome, Autism and even Bipolar Disorder. Their cognitive score seemed adequate and performed well in academics and co-curricular activities.

The study accounted for the data of 33,000 children across the Netherlands aged between 10 to 12. In accordance with their research, scientists relied on the comments/view of parents, teachers and peer members for an assessment of the child’s behaviour.

Other factors such as family wealth, race, physical disability were kept as constants.

Why that is the case?

Intuitively, you might doubt at first sight whether older individuals are actually good parents. However, medical experts would strongly argue otherwise presenting a list of arguments in refutation.

Some believe that older parents have a greater and better insight into life. They well understand their strengths and weaknesses and use them in the best way possible. Moreover, their experience and exposure give an upper edge over younger parents. As a subsequent result, a child’s behaviour is likely to turn out positively

Additionally, the personality traits of older parents may allow them to become more resilient, patient and sensible. This helps them to holistically understand their child’s behaviour and meaningfully act upon any improvements needed.

The Dutch study provided with a small glimpse of one possible advantage of raising a child with older parents. However, it is important to not exclude the risk of reduced fertility when individual progresses into older age.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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