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Young adults with very low birth weight: leaving the parental home and sexual relationships--Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults.
Pediatrics. 2008 Jul; 122(1):e62-72.Ped

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Although most children and adults who are born very preterm live healthy lives, they have, on average, lower cognitive scores, more internalizing behaviors, and deficits in social skills. This could well affect their transition to adulthood. We studied the tempo of first leaving the parental home and starting cohabitation with an intimate partner and sexual experience of young adults with very low birth weight (<1500 g).

METHODS

In conjunction with the Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults, 162 very low birth weight individuals and 188 individuals who were born at term (mean age: 22.3 years [range: 18.5-27.1]) and did not have any major disability filled out a questionnaire. For analysis of their ages at events which had not occurred in all subjects, we used survival analysis (Cox regression), adjusted for gender, current height, parents' ages at the birth, maternal smoking during pregnancy, parental educational attainment, number of siblings, and parental divorce/death.

RESULTS

During their late teens and early adulthood, these very low birth weight adults were less likely to leave the parental home and to start cohabiting with an intimate partner. In gender-stratified analyses, these hazard ratios were similar between genders, but the latter was statistically significant for women only. These very low birth weight adults were also less likely to experience sexual intercourse. This relationship was statistically significant for women but not for men; however, very low birth weight women and men both reported a smaller lifetime number of sex partners than did control subjects.

CONCLUSIONS

Healthy young adults with very low birth weight show a delay in leaving the parental home and starting sexual activity and partnerships.

Authors+Show Affiliations

National Public Health Institute, Mannerheimintie 166, 00300 Helsinki, Finland. eero.kajantie@helsinki.fiNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18595976

Citation

Kajantie, Eero, et al. "Young Adults With Very Low Birth Weight: Leaving the Parental Home and Sexual relationships--Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults." Pediatrics, vol. 122, no. 1, 2008, pp. e62-72.
Kajantie E, Hovi P, Räikkönen K, et al. Young adults with very low birth weight: leaving the parental home and sexual relationships--Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults. Pediatrics. 2008;122(1):e62-72.
Kajantie, E., Hovi, P., Räikkönen, K., Pesonen, A. K., Heinonen, K., Järvenpää, A. L., Eriksson, J. G., Strang-Karlsson, S., & Andersson, S. (2008). Young adults with very low birth weight: leaving the parental home and sexual relationships--Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults. Pediatrics, 122(1), e62-72. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2007-3858
Kajantie E, et al. Young Adults With Very Low Birth Weight: Leaving the Parental Home and Sexual relationships--Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults. Pediatrics. 2008;122(1):e62-72. PubMed PMID: 18595976.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Young adults with very low birth weight: leaving the parental home and sexual relationships--Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults. AU - Kajantie,Eero, AU - Hovi,Petteri, AU - Räikkönen,Katri, AU - Pesonen,Anu-Katriina, AU - Heinonen,Kati, AU - Järvenpää,Anna-Liisa, AU - Eriksson,Johan G, AU - Strang-Karlsson,Sonja, AU - Andersson,Sture, PY - 2008/7/4/pubmed PY - 2008/8/1/medline PY - 2008/7/4/entrez SP - e62 EP - 72 JF - Pediatrics JO - Pediatrics VL - 122 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Although most children and adults who are born very preterm live healthy lives, they have, on average, lower cognitive scores, more internalizing behaviors, and deficits in social skills. This could well affect their transition to adulthood. We studied the tempo of first leaving the parental home and starting cohabitation with an intimate partner and sexual experience of young adults with very low birth weight (<1500 g). METHODS: In conjunction with the Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults, 162 very low birth weight individuals and 188 individuals who were born at term (mean age: 22.3 years [range: 18.5-27.1]) and did not have any major disability filled out a questionnaire. For analysis of their ages at events which had not occurred in all subjects, we used survival analysis (Cox regression), adjusted for gender, current height, parents' ages at the birth, maternal smoking during pregnancy, parental educational attainment, number of siblings, and parental divorce/death. RESULTS: During their late teens and early adulthood, these very low birth weight adults were less likely to leave the parental home and to start cohabiting with an intimate partner. In gender-stratified analyses, these hazard ratios were similar between genders, but the latter was statistically significant for women only. These very low birth weight adults were also less likely to experience sexual intercourse. This relationship was statistically significant for women but not for men; however, very low birth weight women and men both reported a smaller lifetime number of sex partners than did control subjects. CONCLUSIONS: Healthy young adults with very low birth weight show a delay in leaving the parental home and starting sexual activity and partnerships. SN - 1098-4275 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18595976/Young_adults_with_very_low_birth_weight:_leaving_the_parental_home_and_sexual_relationships__Helsinki_Study_of_Very_Low_Birth_Weight_Adults_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -