Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 539–548

Relationship Status Among Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Population-Based Study

  • Brian H. Freedman
  • Luther G. Kalb
  • Benjamin Zablotsky
  • Elizabeth A. Stuart
Original Paper

Abstract

Despite speculation about an 80% divorce rate among parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), very little empirical and no epidemiological research has addressed the issue of separation and divorce among this population. Data for this study was taken from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health, a population-based, cross-sectional survey. A total of 77,911 parent interviews were completed on children aged 3–17 years, of which 913 reported an ASD diagnosis. After controlling for relevant covariates, results from multivariate analyses revealed no evidence to suggest that children with ASD are at an increased risk for living in a household not comprised of their two biological or adoptive parents compared to children without ASD in the United States.

Keywords

Autism Pervasive developmental disorders Family Divorce Marriage National Survey 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian H. Freedman
    • 1
  • Luther G. Kalb
    • 1
  • Benjamin Zablotsky
    • 2
  • Elizabeth A. Stuart
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for Autism and Related DisordersKennedy Krieger InstituteBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mental HealthJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of Mental Health and BiostatisticsJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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