-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) -- Young children born after
unplanned pregnancies tend to have a smaller vocabulary and poorer
non-verbal and spatial abilities than other children, but these
problems are actually due to socioeconomic factors, a new study
Researchers led by Claire Carson of the University of Oxford
looked at data from about 12,000 children who took part in a large
U.K. study of infants born from 2000 to 2002. Their parents were
interviewed when the children were 9 months old, 3 years old and 5
years old. The children's verbal, non-verbal and spatial abilities
were tested at ages 3 and 5.
Children born after an unplanned pregnancy were four to five
months behind children of planned pregnancies in verbal abilities,
the researchers found, but these differences virtually disappeared
when the researchers factored in the children's socioeconomic
"These differences are almost entirely explained by socioeconomic factors," the researchers concluded.
They also found that mothers' infertility treatments have no
effect on children's cognitive development when they are 3 and 5
The study was published online July 27 in the
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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