Women Abused In Childhood May Have Greater Risk Of Having A Child With Autism.

The Boston Herald (3/21, McConville) reports, “Abused girls who go on to become mothers are three times more likely than their non-abused peers to have” a child with autism, according to a study published online March 20 in JAMA Psychiatry.

The CNN (3/21, Sloane) “The Chart” blog reports, “Investigators at the Harvard School of Public Health looked at more than 50,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study II group, and found that those who reported the highest levels of abuse as children themselves were 60% more likely to have children with some type of autism-spectrum disorder.” However, “the reasons for the apparent connection…remain murky.”

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— “Study: Abuse victims more likely to have autistic children, “Christine McConville, Boston Herald, March 20, 2013.

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