Kids of smart fathers show higher autism risk, says study

Children whose fathers who are highly intelligent are at a 31% higher risk of autism compared to kids whose fathers are of average intelligence, says a new study.

This supports other studies done earlier which said that fathers of children with autism tended to be highly intelligent and in many cases worked in technical fields. Another study had shown that kids from regions in the Netherlands where high-tech jobs are prevalent are more likely to have autism than those who live in other regions.

The latest study looked at medical records for over three lakh children and found that one-third of them who showed a higher risk of autism had fathers whose Intelligence Quotient scores were 111 or higher. However, chances of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was 65% higher than average for children whose fathers had an IQ that was less than 65.

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