Women are always constantly reminded when they should and shouldn’t have babies. Who hasn’t heard that our biological clocks are ticking and if we don’t get pregnant by the time we’re 35, we may never be able to have children thanks to fertility issues
But now, men are put under the scanner.
New research has found that babies born to fathers under the age of 25 or over 51 are at higher risk of developing autism and other social disorders.
The study, conducted by the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai, found that these children are actually more advanced than their peers as infants, but then fall behind by the time they hit their teenage years.
The researchers analysed 15,000 UK-based twins aged between four and 16.
They found no link between the age of the mother and their offsprings’ social skill development but suggest that social skills are a key domain affected by paternal age.
This conclusion was reached after the researchers looked for differences in the developmental patterns of social skills, as well as other behaviour, including conduct and peer problems, hyperactivity and emotionality.
After conducting genetic analyses, the researchers found that social skill development was mainly influenced by genetic rather than environmental factors, and those genetic effects became even more important as the age of the father increased.