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Maternal age and infantile autism.

Journal article
Authors Christopher Gillberg
Published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 293-297
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication year 1980
Published at Department medicine
Pages 293-297
Language en
Links www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Keywords Adolescent, Adult, Autistic Disorder, Epidemiology, Etiology, Child, Female, Humans, Male, Maternal Age, Middle Aged, Paternal Age, Sweden
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry

Abstract

In a total population survey of childhood psychosis in the region of Göteborg, 20 children (2 in every 10,000) fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for infantile autism formulated by Rutter. There was a male preponderance with 15 boys and 5 girls. Eighty-five percent of the mothers were older than average. Mean maternal age in the autistic sample was 30.7 years, compared with 26.0 years in the general population. The difference is statistically significant at the .1% level. There was a strong tendency toward increasing risk of autism in the child with increasing maternal age. The fathers too were much older than average.

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