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ERIC Number: EJ1144264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Maternal Exposure to Childhood Abuse Is Associated with Mate Selection: Implications for Autism in Offspring
Roberts, Andrea L.; Lyall, Kristen; Weisskopf, Marc G.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n7 p1998-2009 Jul 2017
Maternal experience of childhood abuse has been associated with offspring autism. To explore whether familial tendency towards autistic traits--presumably related to genetic predisposition--accounts for this association, we examined whether women who experienced childhood abuse were more likely to select mates with high levels of autistic traits, and whether parental autistic traits accounted for the association of maternal abuse and offspring autism in 209 autism cases and 833 controls. Maternal childhood abuse was strongly associated with high paternal autistic traits (severe abuse, OR = 3.98, 95% CI = 1.26, 8.31). Maternal and paternal autistic traits accounted for 21% of the association between maternal abuse and offspring autism. These results provide evidence that childhood abuse affects mate selection, with implications for offspring health.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS); US Department of Defense; US Army, Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: UM1CA176726; P60AR047782; W81XWH0810499; A14917