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Parents of Autistic Children Have Fewer Babies

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:26:00 +0000

Moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study found that parents who have a child diagnosed with autism are significantly less likely to have another child.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, notes a reduction in "reproduction rates" among families that have a child on the autism spectrum. Those families are about one-third less likely to have another child.

Researchers say that the families of children on the autism spectrum are likely influenced by factors including the stress of the diagnosis and the increased likelihood that siblings of an autistic child will also have the disorder.

The study does note, however, that an autism diagnosis does not appear to lead to an increased divorce or separation rate among parents.

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