Leslie Carol Botha: Wonder what Pharmaceutical company sponsored this study? At first I thought this was more of the same woman blaming (which it is) but the next article in ScienceDaily blamed older grandfathers for their autistic offspring. I posted this article in a mother’s group on Facebook – and the comments went wild. We were discussing the days when infants born with abnormalities were always blamed on the mother.
An astute colleague of mine made this comment: “Because women in developing countries where women are routinely abused and mistreated have the highest rates of Autism in the entire world, didntchaknow?”
Another comment was made that their might be some truth to this article since there are many mothers with unvaccinated autistic children. Where are the men – in this conversation? Why aren’t we looking at the quality/toxicity of their sperm. Women after all are born with all of their eggs.
On the other hand I do remember reading a long time ago that women are more likely to be abused – and abused more than at any time during pregnancy.
Hmm – wonder if this will stop men from abusing women.
Women Abused as Children More Likely to Have Children With Autism
Mar. 20, 2013
“Our study identifies a completely new risk factor for autism,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, research associate in the HSPH Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Further research to understand how a woman’s experience of abuse is associated with autism in her children may help us better understand the causes of autism and identify preventable risk factors.”
The study appears online March 20, 2013 and in the May 2013 print issue of JAMA Psychiatry. It is the first to explore the relationship between a mother’s exposure to childhood abuse and risk of autism in her children.
The authors examined data from more than 50,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. They found that it was not just women exposed to the most serious levels of abuse who had higher risk of having a child with autism, but also a large number of women who experienced moderate abuse. While about 2% of women reported the most serious abuse, even women in the top 25% of abuse severity — which included mostly women who experienced more moderate levels of abuse — were 60% more likely to have a child with autism compared with women who did not experience abuse. These results suggest that childhood abuse is not only very harmful for the person who directly experiences it, but may also increase risk for serious disabilities in the next generation, the authors said.
Delving further, the researchers looked at nine pregnancy-related risk factors to see if they were linked to higher risk of having a child with autism in women who were abused as children. These nine risk factors — including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and smoking — have been previously associated with an increased likelihood of having a child with autism.