Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The results of two new studies (loosely) pertaining to families have been announced:
1. A new study
suggests that women who live with a mate put on a few more pounds than otherwise. According to the New York Times, “After
adjusting for other variables, the 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound
woman was 20 pounds if she had a baby and a partner, 15 if she had a partner
but no baby, and only 11 pounds if she was childless with no partner.” Read about it here.
2. The link between crime and abortion has been suggested by John Donohue and Steven Levitt, and now there’s mounting evidence of a link between abstinence and IQ—students with IQs above 100 and below 70 were significantly more likely to have abstained than those in between 70 and 100. In other words, those abstaining are either below or above average smart (as measured by IQ)--maybe parents don't have to do the birds and the bees talk for this group? Not according to this article, which argues "the talk" needs to be reiterated to reduce the recent rise of teen pregnancy rates. Read about more about the IQ study here.