Review of “Older fathers linked to risk for psychiatric, school issues in kids”

The article “Older fathers linked to risk for psychiatric, school issues in kids: study” on www. English. News.cn was published on February 27, 2014 and focused on a study performed by Indiana University. The study took place in Sweden from 1973 to 2001 in collaboration with a local Swedish University. The results were originally posted in the online psychiatry journal, JAMA. The  “psychiatric” and “school issues” according to the article included “autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), psychosis, bipolar disorder, suicide attempt and substance abuse”, as well as “failing grades, low educational attainment and low IQ scores”. The article compared these factors in children born to younger fathers (24 years old) and children born to older fathers (45 years old). The statics the study claimed were substantial; a child born to an older father is believed to be “3.5 times more likely to have autism, 13 times more likely to have ADHD, two times more likely to have a psychotic disorder, 25 times more likely to have bipolar disorder and 2.5 times more likely to have suicidal behavior or a substance abuse problem”. This information is pertinent for a variety of reasons, on a social level, there is a lot of pressure, as well as research, in support of women giving birth at a “younger”, or prime age, as to avoid developmental delays or exceptionalities in their children. If men’s age was also thrown into the mix it could upset social and relationship-norms. In relation to Child Development, it gives us something new to look at. If this study is replicated and proven to be scientific, it will necessitate education to the public; as a new way to avoid developmental risks. While this seems to be a break-through, there needs to be more research. On a simple level though, it seems like realistic information, given that the age of mothers is critical, it makes sense that the age of the male would also matter. In my opinion, which is admittedly inexperienced, conception should ideally occur between two partners of optimal health. This naturally makes sense, as both partners need to be in optimal health to not only handle the labor of pregnancy and birth, but to take care (and keep up with) a dependent child.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/health/2014-02/27/c_126196088.htm