Hoping for a pregnancy can sometimes be a long burden for some mothers and couples. But with some luck – and often with a lot of medical help – the hoping can result in a child. Researchers have now investigated if this parental infertility can be linked to the performance in school later on in the child’s life.
My first reaction when I read this, was: but this happened even before the conception?!? My second thought was that there could be a correlational link and this study did find such a link: involuntary childlessness prior to either a first or a second birth is associated with lower academic achievement — both test scores and grade point average — at age 16, even if the period of infertility was prior to a sibling’s birth rather than the child’s own. It’s a result I’ll have to chew on for some time.
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