Thursday, September 13, 2012
The study that tracked this finding was published online in the journal Nature. It is the first study that provides scientific evidence for the increase in autism conditions. The study supports the argument that the increasing number of autism cases over recent decades is partially due to the increasing age of average fathers.
Experts noted that the finding was not a reason to forgo fatherhood later in life, but it may have some influence on reproductive decisions. The study also contradicts the previous assumption that the mother's age is the most important factor in whether a child will have developmental problems.
For more detailed information about how the study was conducted, please click here.
See Benedict Carey, Father's Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia, The New York Times, Aug. 22, 2012.