Association of Maternal Exposure to Childhood Abuse With Elevated Risk for Autism in Offspring

JAMA Psychiatry
Date Published: 
March 20, 2013

This study examined the relationship between maternal childhood abuse and autism in children in a large population-based sample. Maternal abuse was significantly associated with increased autism risk even after researchers controlled for perinatal risk factors, including gestational diabetes, smoking during pregnancy, preeclampsia, exposure to intimate partner violence and premature birth.