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Children born to older parents have fewer behavioral problems than those born to younger parents, according to a study in Child¬†Development. Researchers in the Netherlands analyzed parent and teacher reports of problem behavior from 32,892 10- to 12-year-old Dutch children born after 1980. They found that, on average, children of older parents had fewer externalizing behavior problems such as aggression and disobedience than children of younger parents. For teacher-reported problem behavior–but not parent-reported problem behavior–the association was largely explained by socioeconomic status, suggesting that some of the difference in problem behavior may be due to older parents’ having more money and education. The researchers also found that parents’ age was unrelated to children’s internalizing behaviors including depression and anxiety. (Monitor on Psychology)

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