What The Study Did: This study (called a systematic review and meta-analysis) combined the results of 21 studies to summarize the overall association between being born preterm or low birth weight and later social outcomes as adults, such as ever having a romantic partnership, having sex or becoming a parent, as well as the quality of romantic partnerships and friendships.
Authors: Dieter Wolke, Ph.D., of the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, is the corresponding author.
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