New dads might have a few more gray hairs today than they did in prior years, a new study in the U.S. has found.
The average age for new fathers has increased over the past few decades, shows research and has raised questions about the possible public health and social impact.
The recent study analyzed birth records at the federal level, and found that fathers for the first time are an average of 3.5 years older, than counterparts during the 1970s.
The percentage of births to dads 40 and older had double, from approximately 4% during 1972 to over 9% in 2015.
This pattern is not at all surprising, since it runs parallel to that of U.S. women.
However, far less research is exploring the change in demographics of the American father, according to researchers.
It is important said one researcher to pay close attention to the demographic shifts and the implications they could have in society.
On one hand, older fathers are much likelier to have children affected by certain types of health conditions, like schizophrenia and autism
In addition, couple waiting to begin a family likely will have less kids, and that could result in a shrinking number of working people that support older, retired Americans.
The aging of parents in the U.S. also holds potential benefits.
Older fathers, said researchers tend to hold better jobs, have more stability, and become more involved in the lives of their children.
Does that mean trends in the ages of father will translate to growing numbers of caring and involved dads? That question said researchers is difficult to answer.
It is true men who are more educated as well as stable in their relationships tend to become a father later in life.
Older parents from a psychological perspective are likely more mature and must less impulsive in their overall behavior.
However, researchers noted that age alone is not a guarantee of good skills as a parent, older age does not necessarily mean all will be well.
Surveys show that older fathers those between the ages of 35 and 44 are more apt to live with their children and therefore involved more in raising their children.
There is also evidence that children benefit from the involvement of fathers in their lives. On average, they tend to have better grades in school and a stronger self-esteem.