Children of Parents with MS

Moberg JY, Magyari M, Koch-Henriksen N, Thygesen LC, Laursen B, Soelberg Sørensen P.Educational achievements of children of parents with multiple sclerosis: A nationwide register-based cohort study.J Neurol. 2016 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Little is known about the impact of parental multiple sclerosis (MS) on offspring’s educational attainment. The objective of the study was to examine educational achievements in offspring of parents with MS compared with matched children of parents without MS in a nationwide register-based cohort study. Children of all Danish-born residents with onset between 1950 and 1986 were identified by linking the Danish Multiple Sclerosis Registry with the Civil Registration System. Twins, children with MS, and emigrated persons were excluded. The reference cohort consisted of randomly drawn individuals from the Civil Registration System without parental MS matched 8:1 to the MS offspring by sex and year of birth. Information about education was linked to the cohorts from nationwide educational registries. We included 4177 children of MS parents and 33,416 reference persons. Children of MS parents achieved statistically significant higher average grades than the reference cohort in their final exam of basic school with a mean grade difference of 0.46 (95 % CI 0.22-0.69; p = 0.0002). We found no difference in achievement of educational level above basic school (OR 1.04; 95 % CI 0.98-1.10; p = 0.20). There was a trend toward more MS offspring attaining health-related educations (OR 1.10; 95 % CI 1.00-1.21; p = 0.06). In conclusion, children of MS parents showed a small advantage in grade point average in final examinations in basic school, and they more often tended toward health-related educations. This study revealed no negative consequences of parental MS on grades and highest educational level achieved.

Some studies report that children of people with MS may have reduced ambition, but this studies Children in Denmark did the opposite.

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  • Wow; virtual street-crossing, educational achievement of children of MSers, what next? The dregs at the bottom of the barrel?

    • As a parent. I would think one question you have is. How is my MS going to affect my children? Not Interestin or Maybe not interesting to everyone.

      You maybe interested to know that the number 1 viewed post is

      "Now cats are a protective factor for MS?"

      We can go more low-brow if you want:-) I think there was a paper on MS and farm animals recently:-)

      Just think how much better that ECTRIMS news will sound as Jazz says "The only way is Up"

    • Yep MD2 sorry dyslexia I have been so used to using the Slavic J = pronounced Y.

      P.S. Certainly not in my record collection 🙂

    • I can understand why this would be of interest to some people with MS. But I too feel what Dreg expressed. There are SO many different factors that affect education and achievement. THE biggest predictor of low educational achievements is poverty. How does this and other studies correlate to this? I don't know, the study doesn't say. How then can the study tell me how children of parents with MS will do?

  • My mother had MS, we all achieved well educationally, I have multiple sets of letters after my name; my siblings also. However there was so much missing, I have spent years in therapy, it was very very hard.

    • I grew up with a different household illness. It was really hard and has left marks. Both my brother and I were and continue to be high achievers. Notwithstanding the difficulties, education was always placed as the highest priority in our household. It rubbed off.

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