ERIC Number: EJ1078615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Stoppage in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Grønborg, Therese K.; Hansen, Stefan N.; Nielsen, Svend V.; Skytthe, Axel; Parner, Erik T.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n11 p3509-3519 Nov 2015
Stoppage refers to changes in reproductive behavior following the birth of a child with a severe disease. The presence of stoppage can bias estimates of sibling recurrence risk if not properly addressed. If stoppage occurs non-randomly (differential stoppage), it is possibly an additional source of bias in sibling recurrence risk estimation. This study investigated whether stoppage occurs in Danish families with a firstborn child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, and if stoppage was differential. We found that stoppage occurs moderately in Danish families affected by autism spectrum disorders, and that stoppage is differential. However, differential stoppage is a minor source of estimation bias in Danish sibling recurrence risk studies of autism spectrum disorders.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Pregnancy, Birth, Diseases, Siblings, Clinical Diagnosis, Family (Sociological Unit), Risk Assessment, Statistical Bias, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark