Parents with Autistic Child One-Third Less Likely to have More Children

June 19, 2014 3:55 AM

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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), this 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 up to one third less likely to have any other children.

"While it has been postulated that parents who have a child with ASD may be reluctant to have more children, this is first time that anyone has analyzed the question with hard numbers," said senior author of the study, Neil Risch, PhD, a University of California, San Francisco professor of epidemiol...

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