Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 279–288

A comparison and analysis of the presence of family problems during pregnancy of mothers of “autistic” children and mothers of normal children

  • Alan J. Ward


An examination of a hypothesized relationship between maternal stress experienced during pregnancy and the birth of children who later develop early infantile autism revealed that mothers of autistic children were found to have experienced significantly more family discord and to have had significantly more diagnosed psychiatric problems than mothers of normal children.

Key words

Infantile autism pregnancy family problems 


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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Ward
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of MedicineChicago
  2. 2.Institute for Juvenile ResearchChicago

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