Older Fathers : More Risk of Mental Problems in Children

A new study released by Indiana University and researchers from the Karolinska Institue in Stockholm found that children born to older parents are more likely to have mental and academic problems. This assumption may not be anything new to researchers, the rate were found to be surprisingly higher than previously believed.

The study examined the population born in Sweden between 1973 and 2001. This extensive data set revealed that those who were born to older father were far more likely to develop mental issues and academic problems. The psychiatric disorders with higher occurrences included autism, bipolar disorder, ADHD, suicide attempts, schizophrenia, and substance abuse problems. Academic issues included low educational attainment, low IQ score, and failing grades.

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