WA research reveals the reason for your teenager’s mood

IVF children are less likely to be aggressive or delinquent in their teenage years, according to a ground-breaking research study conducted at The University of Western Australia — but they could be more prone to depression.

The unique research from UWA, in partnership with the Raine Study, looked at the mental health of 163 adolescents born in Western Australia following an IVF process, and compared to a control group of teenagers.

And the results, which have now been published in the ‘Human Reproduction’ journal, showed the IVF offspring were more responsible and better behaved.

“The results of our latest study are interesting because they show that at both 14 and 17 years of age, ART-conceived teenagers are better behaved, demonstrating less externalising behaviour traits,” study leader Professor Roger Hart said.

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