A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, shows that for many parents who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), may factor into whether or not they decide to have any other children. For the study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, researchers discovered that parents with an autistic child were less likely to have any other children. The researchers examined the chances that each family went on to have more children over a 15-year period (between 1990 and 2005).
”Clearly, parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder requires a huge commitment of time, energy and money. This is stressful to couples and impacts siblings,” said Dr. Ron Marino, associate chairman of the department of pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York.