Brief Report: No Association Between Parental Age and Extreme Social-Communicative Autistic Traits in the General Population
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This is the first investigation of the relationship between parental age and extreme social-communicative autistic traits in the general population. The parents of 5,246 children in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) completed the Social and Communication Disorders Checklist (SCDC). The association between parental age and SCDC scores was assessed in the full sample and among high scoring individuals (e.g. top 5%, 1%). There was no association between parental age and social-communicative autistic traits in the general population. Neither maternal nor paternal age was associated with extreme scores. These findings suggest that advanced parental age does not confer increased risk for extreme social and communication impairment assessed quantitatively.
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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume 41, Issue 12 , pp 1733-1737
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- 1. Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Simches Research Building, 185 Cambridge Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA, 02114, USA
- 2. Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Center for Human Genetic Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
- 3. Division of Developmental Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA
- 4. Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
- 5. Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
- 6. Departments of Society, Human Development, and Health, and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
- 7. Harvard Center on the Developing Child, Cambridge, MA, USA