Marina Lantsburg and Elena Solovyeva
Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Russia
Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Psychol Abnorm Child
In 2010-2012 we carried out a research of cognitive development of toddlers conceived through IVF. Data were collected at the Center for Family Planning and Reproduction (Moscow). We have formed two groups: IVF-group (135 mother-child dyads with IVF-conceiving) and SP-group i.e., spontaneous pregnancy (135 mother-child dyads with spontaneous conceiving). Children�??s age was 11-37 months; mother�??s age was 23-43 years. Both groups had the same boys-girls ratio, percentage of children of first, second and third years and basic socio-demographic parameters (maternal marital status, education level of mothers and family living standard). We used interview with mothers, diagnostics of infant and toddler nervous and mental development and medical history data. We found that in SP-group share of children with normal cognitive development was the same on 1st, 2nd and 3rd year; in IVF-group number of children with normal cognitive development increased from 1st to 3rd year, exactly during 1st year infants conceived through IVF demonstrated significantly more frequent cognitive development lags compared to those conceived naturally, on the 3rd year share of children with normal cognitive development in SP-group and IVF-group (conceived after 1-3 IVF cycles) were aligned. Children conceived after 4-9 IVF cycles during early childhood have demonstrated cognitive lags significantly more often than those conceived through 1-3 IVF cycles or naturally. Mothers who conceived spontaneously had more realistic expectations about actual possibilities and abilities of their children than did mothers conceived through IVF, who often imposed inadequate and excessive requirements to their children and had higher expectations from them.