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Autism risk higher among kids with parents in technical jobs

Posted on May 16 2014 | IANS

New York, May 16 : Children of parents who are in technical occupations are more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and a more serious form of autism, a study suggested.

"Parent's occupation could be indicative of autistic-like behaviour and preferences and serve as another factor in a doctor's diagnosis of a child with suspected autism," said Aisha S. Dickerson, a researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the US.

For the study, parents were divided into those who had more non-people-oriented jobs (technical) or more people-oriented jobs (non-technical).

Fathers who worked in engineering were two times as likely to have a child with ASD, the study said.

Those who worked in finance were four times more likely and those who worked in health care occupations, six times, to have a child with the autism spectrum.

There was no association to a mother's occupation.

However, children who had both parents in technical fields were at a higher risk of having a more serious form of autism, the researchers noted.

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