Monday, August 6, 2012

Gender Bias May Lead to Fewer Girls Being Diagnosed with Autism, Study Finds

A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry explores the differences in diagnostic characteristics of autism between boys and girls, suggesting a gender bias in which girls with "high-functioning" autism are underdiagnosed.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are typically more prevalent in males, rather than females, with estimates of a 4:1 ratio of males to females, for reasons unknown up until this point. Deficits of ASD include, but are not limited to, delays in language development, difficulties in reciprocal social interaction and communication, repetitive behaviors and narrow interests.

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