Kids Performance at School Depends on Mothers Education: Study

Published By : 11 Nov 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A new study has found a link between a child’s academic performance and his/her mother’s education. The study has found that children of older mothers are more likely to perform better at school compared to children of teenage mothers.

The team of scientists at University of Michigan found that depending upon a mother’s level of education, the child’s success in math and reading can be predicted. The study also shows that if a mother had a child later in her life, the probability of her child’s success at school will be much greater.

Sandra Tang, lead author of the study, said that children of mothers aged 19 and above usually have higher levels of achievement at the time when they join kindergarten. As against children born to mothers aged 18 and below, by the time these kids reach the age of 13 or 14, they have already excelled in reading and math at higher levels.

This study lends evidence that having a child before the age of 18 has a negative consequence on the achievement and success of the next generation. These repercussions not only affect the child who was born at the time the mother was an adolescent, but also any other children the mother may subsequently have. 

The findings of the study brings both goods news and bad, states Professor Pamela Davis-Kean from the Center for Human Growth and Development and the Institute for Social Research. 

On the positive side, children whose mothers continued with their education after having a child in their adolescence perform better than children of those mothers who discontinued their education after having giving birth.

The bad news is that the gap between these two sets of children will never be reduced and the latter group of kids will always carry the risk of lower achievement.
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