Association between children conceived via infertility treatments and education and mental health outcomes – Science Daily

by | Jun 28, 2022 | Education

Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction (MAR) fare better at school but are slightly more likely to have mental health problems by their late teens, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Helsinki.
The researchers say the correlation for mental health is only observed when the social demographics of children’s families are taken into account, and that there is no evidence to suggest the MAR treatment itself is the source of association for mental health.
Published in the European Journal of Population, the observational study explores the link between MAR — including techniques such as IVF treatment, artificial insemination and ovulation induction — and young people’s educational outcomes and mental health.
The researchers used administrative records on 280,682 Finnish children born between 1995 and 2000, and compared a range of educational and mental health outcomes among adolescents aged between 16 and 18 who were conceived naturally (266,925) and through MAR (13,757).
The researchers found that adolescents conceived by MAR performed better in school, were less likely to drop out and were at a lower risk of not being in education or employment or leaving home early compared to naturally conceived adolescents. These differences mostly disappeared when family circumstances were accounted for, suggesting that socioeconomic background is an important …

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