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ERIC Number: EJ787411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Autism Prevalence Following Prenatal Exposure to Hurricanes and Tropical Storms in Louisiana
Kinney, Dennis K.; Miller, Andrea M.; Crowley, David J.; Huang, Emerald; Gerber, Erika
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n3 p481-488 Mar 2008
Hurricanes and tropical storms served as natural experiments for investigating whether autism is associated with exposure to stressful events during sensitive periods of gestation. Weather service data identified severe storms in Louisiana from 1980 to 1995 and parishes hit by storm centers during this period. Autism prevalences in different cohorts were calculated using anonymous data on birth dates and parishes of children diagnosed with autism in the state mental health system, together with corresponding census data on all live births in Louisiana. Prevalence increased in dose-response fashion with severity of prenatal storm exposure, especially for cohorts exposed near the middle or end of gestation (p less than 0.001). Results complement other evidence that factors disrupting development during sensitive gestational periods may contribute to autism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana