Wow, another powerful reason to consider Ukrainian adoption!
ByJenny HopeMost parents have claimed at one stage that their
children will be the death of them - but the reverse could be
A new study suggests being childless may increase the risk of
dying prematurely, especially in women.
Scientists say the study throws new light on the age-old question
of whether life fulfillment provided by children can actually
extend your years.
The answer appears to be yes - but only compared with people who
want children and are unable to have them.
In these circumstances, adoption may reduce the risk of early
death, according to Danish scientists.
But their investigation did not look at whether couples who
choose to be childless are likely to have shorter lives as a
result.Among possible reasons for early death rates are risky
behaviors, such as more drinking and drug abuse, depression and
psychiatric illness, and physical illness linked to their
Professor Esben Agerbo, of Aarhus University, who led the
research, said the study was a 'natural experiment' because it
only analyzed data from parents who wanted a child and were
actively seeking to do so using IVF treatment.
He said it found an 'association' between being childless and
dying prematurely but no link with higher rates of mental
He said 'Mindful that association is not causation; our study
suggests that the mortality rates are higher in the childless.
'Rates of psychiatric illness do not appear to vary with
childlessness, but in parents who adopt it is decreased.' The
study investigated death rates among 21,276 couples in Denmark
registered for IVF treatment, which meant they all started out
wanting a baby.
Among women who remained childless, the early death rate from
circulatory disease, cancers, and accidents amongst women was
four times as high as that amongst those who subsequently gave
birth to their own child, the early death rate was 50 per cent
lower among women who adopted, says the study published online in
the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Rates of death were around twice as high among men who did not
become parents, either biologically or through adoption.
Rates of mental ill health were similar between couples with or
without children of their own, with the exception of slightly
higher rates of drug and alcohol problems among childless
The study found rates of mental illness in couples who adopted
children was around half that of biological parents, but this may
not be a true finding, said the study.
The researchers based their findings on data from population
registers in Denmark on births and deaths, assisted conception
(IVF) procedures, hospital admissions, psychiatric service
contacts, and labor market statistics for the period from 1994 to
Between 1994 and 2005, 21,276 childless couples were registered
for IVF treatment with 15,210 children born and 1,564 adopted.
In Denmark, many parents who want to adopt have to complete a
course of IVF treatment first.
The study found the rate of adoption was highest among wealthy
people who tend to live longer and experience less psychiatric
illness, this might have affected the outcome, they said.
Critics of the study said it was probably not representative of
couples in general but showed that having a child was likely to
be a much more important goal in life for people actively seeking
As a result the findings suggest those who fulfill their life
goals have better overall health than those who do not.
Previous Danish research suggested childless women having IVF run
a greater risk of suffering mental health problems if they fail
to have a baby.
They seek help because they are desperate to start a family, but
are a fifth more likely to end up in hospital suffering from
psychiatric disorders than women who succeed in falling pregnant,
a study found.
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