Children of older parents show less behavior problems

In many countries, parents get their first children, in the meantime, only in a later age. In a Dutch study, it was examined whether the higher age of the parents, with behavioral problems in adolescents is associated between 10 and 12 years. It showed that there was no reason for concern: The children showed tend to have even less conspicuous behavior.

The researchers examined in particular the behavior of externalisation, in other words, the displacement of feelings to the outside (such as Aggression) and internalising behaviour such as anxiety or depression. Parents and teachers reported less externalizing behavior problems in children whose parents had only begun in a more Mature age with family formation. Also, a consideration of the economic circumstances of families changed, the result is nothing, so the researchers assume that the favorable influence of the age of the parents is not due to the behaviour of the children only on their income level. There is a connection between the age of the parents and problems of internalisation of the behaviour of their children was not observed.

"It is possible that more Mature parents have less eye-catching children, because they have a higher level of education verfügen", Dorret Boomsma, Professor of biological psychology explains behavior genetics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Study author Dr. Marielle Zondervan-Zwijnenburg from the University of Utrecht concludes from the results: "In terms of behavior problems, we have found no reason why parents should, because of their higher age, on adverse effects with your child to Worry about."

For the study, which appeared in the journal Child Development, the researchers analyzed the feel free to display forced from 32.892 Dutch children at the age of 10 to 12 years.