Associations between older maternal age, use of sanctions, and children's socio-emotional development through 7, 11, and 15 years

Tea Trillingsgaard, Dion Sommer
2016 European Journal of Developmental Psychology  
In developed countries more women are giving birth later in life and this trend has been linked with perinatal medical risks as well as with improved psychosocial adaptation. This study examined whether older maternal age was associated with less use of sanctions and with positive child outcome at age 7, 11, and 15. A random population sample of 4741 mothers from the Danish Longitudinal Survey of Children was used. Data were obtained through face-to-face interviews and self-report
more » ... . Older maternal age was associated with less frequent use of verbal and physical sanctions towards children at age 7 and 11. At age 15 this association remained significant for verbal sanctions but not physical sanctions. Older maternal age was associated with fewer behavioral, social and emotional difficulties in children at age 7 and at age 11 but not at age 15. The associations reported were significant independently of all observed demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.
doi:10.1080/17405629.2016.1266248 fatcat:npr7cw2rebd5tjwbzmpexz5tla