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Estimated Autism Risk and Older Reproductive Age

King, Marissa; Fountain, Christine; Dakhlallah, Diana; Bearman, Peter Shawn

The prevalence of autism, a developmental disorder characterized by serious impairments in social interaction and language development as well as stereotyped and repetitive behaviors, has increased dramatically over the past 2 decades from approximately 4 to 40 cases per 10 000. The cause of the increase is unknown, as is the etiology of autism. Evidence from twin studies suggests that autism is likely a genetic disorder. However, genetic causes for the vast majority of autism cases have not yet been identified through molecular genetic research. In addition, dozens of previous studies have identified a wide range of perinatal and parental risk factors. Despite these studies, our understanding of even the most basic of these factors, parental age, is muddled.

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American Journal of Public Health
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https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2008.149021

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Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics
Sociology
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April 24, 2019