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Age at motherhood and child development: Evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort

Age at motherhood and child development: Evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort

Hawkes, Denise and Joshi, Heather (2012) Age at motherhood and child development: Evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort. National Institute Economic Review, 222 (1). R52-R66. ISSN 0027-9501 (Print), 1741-3036 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/002795011222200105)

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Abstract

Age at entry to motherhood is increasingly socially polarised in the UK. Early childbearing typically occurs among women from disadvantaged backgrounds relative to women with later first births. The Millennium Cohort finds differentials in their children's development, cognitive and behavioural, at age 5, by mother's age. These could be due to difficulties facing immature mothers, but much of it is attributable to young mothers’ social origins, or inequalities apparent at the age 0 survey, which may also have had earlier origins. The developmental penalty left to be attributed to the mother's age per se is, at most, modest.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published in print: October 2012. [2] Published online: 1 November 2012. [3] Published as: National Institute Economic Review, (2012), Vol. 222, (1), R52-R66. [4] Published by SAGE Publications on behalf of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
Uncontrolled Keywords: child cognitive development, behavioural adjustment, teenage motherhood, maternal age, Millennium Cohort Study
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Centre for Business Network Analysis (CBNA)
Faculty of Business > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
Faculty of Business > Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (IPEGFA) > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8906

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