Thursday, March 12, 2009
More bad news for the children of older fathers
I've written about this here before, and at length in an article in the current issue of Scientific American Mind.
A new study adds more weight to what should be a national concern: The children of older fathers face risks comparable to the children of older mothers. Although the issue of older fathers has received far less attention.
The new study finds subtle deficits in intelligence and other mental abilities in the children of older fathers.
Dolores Malaspina, a psychiatrist at New York University, and the focus of my Scientific American article, provided a couple of interesting quotes to the New York Times this week.
"I think there has been a bit of a cultural bias against even looking at this issue," Malaspina told the Times. "It turns out that the optimal age for being a mother is the same as the optimal age for being a father," she told the New York Times.
For more on this, see my post for Psychology Today. And the Scientific American article.