Across the globe, 15 million premature babies are born every year. Those who are born premature face adverse effects both academically and economically throughout their lifespan, according to a new study.
The research, which was published in Psychological Science, suggests that preemies have lower academic abilities in childhood when compared to their peers. And when preemies enter adulthood, they are often less wealthy and have attained less education.
In order to draw conclusions, researchers analyzed data from two large studies: Participants from the National Child Development Study were born in 1958 and those from the British Cohort Study were born in 1970. More than 15,000 individuals were followed through adulthood.
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