-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
TUESDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Men who become parents
later in life are not putting their children at risk for academic
problems, a new study suggests.
Researchers in Sweden found children born to fathers in their
50s performed no worse in school than kids with fathers in their
30s. The findings, they noted, challenge previous studies that
suggested a father's older age can have a negative impact on his
In the study published online in
PLoS ONE, researchers collected data on the school performance of more than 135,000 children in Stockholm. Researchers also considered how the social advantages of being raised by older parents would come into play in how well the children did in school.
"To the delight of fathers choosing to wait before having children, our results suggest that children of older fathers perform no worse in school," said study leader Anna Svensson, of the Karolinska Institute's Department of Public Health Sciences, in a news release. "When we studied children's final year-nine grades we could see no difference between children of fathers in their 50s and children of fathers in their 30s."
The children of fathers younger than 30 performed slightly worse
in school than kids of other men. This could be explained by
differences in the educational background of the parents,
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