While children born very premature often develop behavioral and social problems in their teen years, these children report a normal quality of life in early adulthood, according to findings from an ongoing study.

Dr. Richard W.I. Cooke at Liverpool Women’s Hospital in the UK has followed a group of very low birth weight children since the early 1980s. The study excluded children with disabilities that prevented them from going to mainstream schools.

Cooke previously reported that the preterm children tended to do more poorly in school than normal weight children. And by early adolescence, they were more likely to have behavioral problems and were having a harder time making friends.

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