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    Paternal age, paternal presence and children’s health: an observational study

    Gardiner, Julian and Sutcliffe, A. and Melhuish, Edward C. and Barnes, Jacqueline (2015) Paternal age, paternal presence and children’s health: an observational study. Pediatric Reports 7 (1), p. 5659. ISSN 2036-7503.

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    Abstract

    In an observational study of 31,257 children we investigated the effects of paternal age at the time of the child’s birth, paternal absence and non-biological fathers on children’s health. Results are per 5 year change in paternal age. Older fathers were associated with lower rates of unintentional injuries, odds ratio (OR)=0.966, P=0.0027. There was a quadratic association between paternal age and risk of hospital admission, β=0.0121, P=0.0109, with minimum risk at paternal age37.7. Absent fathers were associated with increased risk of hospital admission, OR=1.19,P<10-3, lower rates of complete immunizations to 9 months, OR=0.562, P<10-3, higher Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) difficulties scores: β=0.304, P=0.0024 (3 year olds), β=0.697, P<10-3 (5 year olds). Non-biological fathers were associated with increased risk of unintentional injury, OR=1.16, P=0.0319 and hospital admission,OR=1.26, P=0.0166; lower rates of complete immunizations to 9 months, OR=0.343, P=0.0309 and higher SDQ difficulties scores:β=0.908, P<10-3.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): paternal age, child health, absent father, lone mother, non-biological father
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of
    Depositing User: Jacqueline Barnes
    Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 11:51
    Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 09:15
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11745

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