Independent living and romantic relations among young adults born preterm
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: Young adults born preterm at very low birth weight start families later. Whether less severe immaturity affects adult social outcomes is poorly known. METHODS: The study "Preterm birth and early life programming of adult health and disease" (ESTER, 2009-2011) identified adults born early preterm (<34 weeks' gestation, N = 149), late preterm (? 34 to <37 weeks' gestation, N = 248), and at term (? 37 weeks' gestation, N = 356) from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986 and the Finnish Medical Birth Register (1987-1989), with perinatal data, medical and family history, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle from routine visits or questionnaires. Cox, logistic, and ordinal regressions estimated the hazard and odds ratios (HR and OR) with 95% confidence intervals of outcomes related to preterm birth. RESULTS: Compared with term-born subjects, those born early and late preterm were less likely to have cohabited with a romantic partner (HR, 0.79; [0.61-1.03] and HR, 0.80; [0.65-0.99], respectively) or experienced sexual intercourse (HR, 0.83; [0.66-1.05] and HR, 0.76; [0.63-0.92], respectively) by young adulthood. They also had higher odds of obtaining a 1-point lower score in a visual analog scale of self-perceived sexual attractiveness (OR, 1.45; [1.09-1.98] and OR, 1.44; [1.06-1.97] for early and late preterm birth, respectively). No difference was observed in the likelihood of departing from childhood home and number of individuals having their own families. CONCLUSIONS: Young adults born preterm experience more social challenges, which may affect their romantic relationships and future family planning.

Author(s): 
M‰nnistˆ, Tuija
V‰‰r‰sm‰ki, Marja
Sipola-Lepp‰nen, Marika
Tikanm‰ki, Marjaana
Matinolli, Hanna-Maria
Pesonen, Anu-Katriina
R‰ikkˆnen, Katri
J‰rvelin, Marjo-Riitta
Hovi, Petteri
Kajantie, Eero
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Pediatrics
Journal Abbreviation: 
Pediatrics
Publication Date: 
2015-02
Publication Year: 
2015
Pages: 
290-297
Volume: 
135
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1098-4275
DOI: 
10.1542/peds.2014-1345
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 25624386

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Tuija M‰nnistˆ, Marja V‰‰r‰sm‰ki, Marika Sipola-Lepp‰nen, Marjaana Tikanm‰ki, Hanna-Maria Matinolli, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Katri R‰ikkˆnen, Marjo-Riitta J‰rvelin, Petteri Hovi and Eero Kajantie. 2015-02. "Independent living and romantic relations among young adults born preterm." Pediatrics 135: 2: 290-297. 10.1542/peds.2014-1345.

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