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The psychosocial outcomes of older parenthood in early to mid-childhood: a mini-review.

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Abstract

Recent decades have seen a global trend towards delaying parenthood, referred to as the 'postponement transition'. Whilst there is plentiful research regarding obstetric and paediatric outcomes related to delayed parenthood, relatively little is known about the psychosocial outcomes associated with advanced parental age during early and middle childhood. This mini-review examines the current literature regarding the psychosocial functioning of families headed by older parents. First, we give an overview of the literature that examines the psychological wellbeing of older first-time parents. We then review the literature regarding the quality of the parent-child relationship in older parent families. Finally, we discuss the psychosocial adjustment and cognitive development of children of older parents. We conclude with suggestions for future research avenues.

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advanced maternal age, advanced parental age, advanced paternal age, child adjustment, family functioning, medically assisted reproduction, postponement transition, psychology, Pregnancy, Female, Child, Humans, Aged, Parents, Parent-Child Relations

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Hum Reprod

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0268-1161
1460-2350

Volume Title

38

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)
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Wellcome Trust (208013/Z/17/Z)