Children of mistimed or unwanted pregnancies face greater developmental consequences by preschool age than children of wanted pregnancies, according to research in the November/December 1995 Family Planning Perspectives.

Data initially were gathered in 1986 for 4,971 of 5,876 children born to women participating in the national Longitudinal Survey of Youth, begun in 1979. The study examined several variables, including: marital status; father's presence in the household at time of birth; mother's employment status, income and self-esteem; child's sex, birth-order status, birth weight and risk or presence of birth defects.

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