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Effect of teenage motherhood on cognitive outcomes in children: a population-based cohort study
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    Re:Is the effect of parental separation underestimated?

    Maria A Quigley1, Claire Carson1, Julia Morinis1,2,3.

    1 National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

    2 Department of Paediatric Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    3 Centre for Research on Inner City Health, The Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    Is the effect of parental separation underestimated?

    Morinis et al conclude that there remains a significant adverse effect on verbal abilities in children born to teenage mothers at age five years of age after adjustment for sociodemographic circumstances and perinatal risk. However there appears to be a flaw in the methodology of the study which undermines its findings. In the characteristics of the study population by age group (table 1), the response "Father at home- No...

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