Illegitimate Births: Do They Suffer in the Long Term?
The British Births Survey included information on 934 births to mothers who had never been married and 301 to mothers who had been married in the past but were currently either widowed, divorced, or separated. When compared with the married mothers, there was an excess of preterm delivery, perinatal and later childhood mortality. Among survivors, however, there was little evidence of long-term adverse sequelae to health or development. We can conclude from this study that if the unmarried status at delivery is a way of measuring stress during the latter half of pregnancy, then there is little to indicate that stress during the latter half of pregnancy has a long-term adverse effect on the child.
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