ERIC Number: EJ1125516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
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Brief Report: Prevalence of Co-Occurring Epilepsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder--The U.S. National Survey of Children's Health 2011-2012
Thomas, Shiny; Hovinga, Mary E.; Rai, Dheeraj; Lee, Brian K.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n1 p224-229 Jan 2017
Epilepsy is reported to co-occur in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous studies across the world have found prevalence estimates ranging from 4 to 38%. We examined parent-reported prevalence of co-occurring epilepsy and ASD in the most recent U.S. National Survey of Children's Health, 2011-2012. All analyses accounted for survey weights to account for the complex sampling design. In the overall analytic sample of 85,248 children ages 2-17, there were 1,604 children with ASD (prevalence of 1.8%) and 1,083 children with epilepsy (prevalence of 1.2%). Epilepsy was reported to co-occur in 8.6% of ASD cases. In children with ASD, the co-occurrence of epilepsy was associated with increasing child age, female gender, intellectual disability, speech problems and lower socioeconomic status.
Descriptors: Incidence, Epilepsy, Comorbidity, Autism, Socioeconomic Status, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Females, Intellectual Disability, Speech Impairments, Sampling, National Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Child Health
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