Parental and Grandparental Ages in the Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A Birth Cohort Study

J Golding, CD Steer, ME Pembrey

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Abstract

Background A number of studies have assessed ages of parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), and reported both maternal and paternal age effects. Here we assess relationships with grandparental ages. Methods and Findings We compared the parental and grandparental ages of children in the population-based Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), according to their scores in regard to 4 autistic trait measures and whether they had been given a diagnosis of ASD. Mean maternal and paternal ages of ASD cases were raised, but this appears to be secondary to a maternal grandmother age effect (P = 0.006): OR = 1.66[95%CI 1.16, 2.37] for each 10-year increase in the grandmother's age at the birth of the mother. Trait measures also revealed an association between the maternal grandmother's age and the major autistic trait–the Coherence Scale (regression coefficient b = 0.142, [95%CI = 0.057, 0.228]P = 0.001). After allowing for confounders the effect size increased to b = 0.217[95%CI 0.125, 0.308](P
Translated title of the contributionParental and Grandparental Ages in the Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A Birth Cohort Study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e9939 - e9939
Number of pages9
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

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