Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 41, Issue 12, pp 1733–1737 | Cite as

Brief Report: No Association Between Parental Age and Extreme Social-Communicative Autistic Traits in the General Population

  • Elise B. Robinson
  • Kerim Munir
  • Marie C. McCormick
  • Karestan C. Koenen
  • Susan L. Santangelo
Brief Report

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorders Autistic traits Parental age ALSPAC 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elise B. Robinson
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kerim Munir
    • 3
    • 4
  • Marie C. McCormick
    • 5
  • Karestan C. Koenen
    • 6
    • 7
  • Susan L. Santangelo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  2. 2.Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics UnitCenter for Human Genetic Research, Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Developmental MedicineChildren’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Society, Human Development, and HealthHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  6. 6.Departments of Society, Human Development, and Health, and EpidemiologyHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  7. 7.Harvard Center on the Developing ChildCambridgeUSA

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