Implication of sex differences in the familial transmission of infantile autism

  • Luke Tsai
  • Mark A. Stewart
  • Gerald August
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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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luke Tsai
    • 1
  • Mark A. Stewart
    • 1
  • Gerald August
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Iowa College of MedicineIowa City

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