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    • Sex ratios in early childhood autism and related conditions

Publication date:
  • 1981
    • 1981, Vol. 5, pp. 129-137
  • Children aged between 0-14 with impairments of verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction and imaginative play and with repetitive, stereotyped activities were identified in a study in SE London. Sociable children moderate, severe or profound learning disabilities were included for comparison. An overall male:female ratio of 2.6:1 was found in those with social and language impairments, but, in the children with learning disabilities of this group were the ratio was 2.1:1, closely similar to that found in children in the same IQ range with Down's syndrome or cerebral palsy. The excess of males was much more marked in language and socially impaired children who were of higher ability, or who had a history of typical early childhood autism. 35 refs.
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    • MRC Social Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Camberwell, London, SE5 8AF, UK.