Parents with psychiatric problems double child's risk of autism

05/5/2008 | MSNBC

A study examining the health histories of parents of more than 32,000 Swedish children found a significant new genetic component, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. "Our research shows that mothers and fathers diagnosed with schizophrenia were about twice as likely to have a child diagnosed with autism," said Julie Daniels of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "We also saw higher rates of depression and personality disorders among mothers, but not fathers."

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