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Parental Age and Offspring Childhood Mental Health: A Multi-Cohort, Population-Based Investigation

Zondervan-Zwijnenburg, M. A. J., Veldkamp, S. A. M., Neumann, A., Barzeva, S. A., Nelemans, S. A., van Beijsterveldt, C. E. M., Branje, S. J. T., Hillegers, M. H. J., Meeus, W. H. J., Tiemeier, H., Hoijtink, H. J. A., Oldehinkel, A. J. & Boomsma, D. I., 31-Jul-2019, In : Child Development. 19 p.

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  • Maria A J Zondervan-Zwijnenburg
  • Sabine A M Veldkamp
  • Alexander Neumann
  • Stefania A Barzeva
  • Stefanie A Nelemans
  • Catharina E M van Beijsterveldt
  • Susan J T Branje
  • Manon H J Hillegers
  • Wim H J Meeus
  • Henning Tiemeier
  • Herbert J A Hoijtink
  • Albertine J Oldehinkel
  • Dorret I Boomsma

To examine the contributions of maternal and paternal age on offspring externalizing and internalizing problems, this study analyzed problem behaviors at age 10-12 years from four Dutch population-based cohorts (N = 32,892) by a multiple informant design. Bayesian evidence synthesis was used to combine results across cohorts with 50% of the data analyzed for discovery and 50% for confirmation. There was evidence of a robust negative linear relation between parental age and externalizing problems as reported by parents. In teacher-reports, this relation was largely explained by parental socio-economic status. Parental age had limited to no association with internalizing problems. Thus, in this large population-based study, either a beneficial or no effect of advanced parenthood on child problem behavior was observed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalChild Development
Early online date31-Jul-2019
Publication statusPublished - 31-Jul-2019

    Keywords

  • ADVANCED PATERNAL AGE, OLDER MATERNAL AGE, DE-NOVO MUTATIONS, PROBLEM BEHAVIOR, RISK, INFORMANT, CHILDREN, ASSOCIATIONS, DEPRESSION, DISORDERS

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