Is being born preterm, low-birth weight associated with adult social outcomes?

July 12, 2019

What The Study Did: This study (called a systematic review and meta-analysis) combined the results of 21 studies to summarize the overall association between being born preterm or low birth weight and later social outcomes as adults, such as ever having a romantic partnership, having sex or becoming a parent, as well as the quality of romantic partnerships and friendships.
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Authors: Dieter Wolke, Ph.D., of the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, is the corresponding author.

(doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.6961)

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