Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 165–173

Implication of sex differences in the familial transmission of infantile autism

Authors

  • Luke Tsai
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa College of Medicine
  • Mark A. Stewart
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa College of Medicine
  • Gerald August
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa College of Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01531682

Cite this article as:
Tsai, L., Stewart, M.A. & August, G. J Autism Dev Disord (1981) 11: 165. doi:10.1007/BF01531682
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Abstract

There are studies suggesting possible hereditary influence in autism. Data on 102 autistic children, 78 boys and 24 girls, showed that there was a significantly greater proportion of autistic girls than boys with IQs less than 50 and with evidence of brain damage. The autistic girls also had a greater proportion of relatives affected with autism or cognitive-language deficit than did the boys. The implication of sex differences in the possible mode of familial transmission of autism is discussed.

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