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

Lysons, J. & Jadva, V. ORCID: 0000-0003-0922-0694 (2023). The psychosocial outcomes of older parenthood in early to mid-childhood: a mini-review. Human Reproduction, 38(6), pp. 1028-1035. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dead070


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.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: postponement transition, advanced parental age, advanced maternal age, advanced paternal age, psychology, family functioning, child adjustment, medically assisted reproduction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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