Plenty of women decide early on that having children is not for them, while others realize later on that their lifestyle will not allow for the time, money, and commitment that raising a child demands. A new study, however, shows that the decision to not have children may have a lot to do with something else — a woman’s IQ.
The study was conducted by Satoshi Kanazawa, a researcher at the London School of Economics. His findings showed that for every 15 points a woman’s IQ increases, she is a quarter less likely to want children. Kanazawa used data from the UK’s National Child Development Study and added controls for economics and education. Even with these controls, the results showed that smarter women were choosing not to have children. (Granted, Satoshi Kanazawa is the anthropologist who was fired from Psychology Today for publishing an article called “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” Maybe not the most legit researcher. So take his work with a grain of salt.)
It’s also worth noting that there are many different kinds of intelligence. IQ tests measure one type of intelligence, but arguably emotional/interpersonal intelligence is a far more important asset to parenting.
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