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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Study: Older dad may lower kid's IQ



A new study says that older fathers may cause their offspring to score Mom_olderdads slightly lower on IQ tests. In fact, the study suggests that pairing older Mommas with younger fathers might be best to have a super-smart kid.

But wait: This study looked at 33,000 kids in the United States between 1959 and 1965. Wasn't the world a little different then? Pops wasn't as involved in the child raising as many dads are now. Could that have something to do with it as well? And it doesn't seem to say if the father's age is a little south of 35 or more like Tony Randall when his wife had a baby.

At any rate, hold your horses before you decide to jump on the Cougar train: One of the study's authors says that there are more factors that determine whether your kid will be a smarty or not. "With respect to childhood intelligence, a vast array of factors is far more powerful than paternal age," said lead researcher John McGrath.

The authors found that while society thinks that older parents would likely produce smarter kids because they would have the money and stability to provide their kids with a good education, that is not exactly what the study of found. Instead, the kids of older mothers tended to score well on these tests.

And the researchers say that what while you shouldn't just kick your old man to the curb, what is really worrisome is that there is a trend in many countries toward men waiting longer to have kids. And now this shows that men, too, have a biological clock.

-- Sherry Robinson


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:59am]


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