The Effects Of Maternal Age On Children

1756 WordsSep 19, 20168 Pages
The trends in maternal age are changing, and with an increasing number of children being raised by older mothers, the questions regarding the impact on children’s development are being raised. Studies have shown how parents’ ages impact their children positively and negatively. Research proposes that children of older parents have an increased risk of Down syndrome, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder, (Moisse, 2015). However, other findings advocate the other end of the spectrum, proposing that mothers of older maternal age are more mature and provide better educational and health support for their children, (Max Planck, 2016). This study investigates the effects of maternal age on children and whether the outcomes are hindering or beneficial. This investigation of maternal age is related to the area of study ‘sociocultural influences’ as it addresses the topics of family structures and environments and the ways in which these support the needs of the behavioural, cognitive and social and emotional development of children aged 0-8 years, as well as the roles and responsibilities of parents in the nurturing of children. With the aim of gathering suitable information for the study, a vast range of primary and secondary sources were accessed for this investigation. The primary data examined for the purpose of this study was gathered from a survey answered by the public regarding their opinion on the influence of maternal age on children’s development and well being.
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