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The rising prevalence of autism: a prospective longitudinal study in the faroe islands.

Journal article
Authors Eva Kočovská
Rannvá Biskupstø
I Carina Gillberg
Asa Ellefsen
Hanna Kampmann
Tormóður Stórá
Eva Billstedt
Christopher Gillberg
Published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume 42
Issue 9
Pages 1959-1966
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication year 2012
Published at Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Pages 1959-1966
Language en
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry


We have followed up a 2002 population study of autism prevalence in 15-24-year olds in the Faroe Islands. The rate of ASD grew significantly from 0.56% in 2002 to 0.94% in 2009. Although these results are within the range of typical findings from other studies, there were some interesting details. There were-in addition to 43 originally diagnosed cases in 2002-24 newly discovered cases in 2009 and nearly half of them were females. It is possible that unfamiliarity with the clinical presentation of autism in females have played a significant role in this context. There was diagnostic stability for the overall category of ASD over time in the group diagnosed in childhood (7-16) years, but considerable variability as regards diagnostic sub-groupings.

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