Study: Children With Abused Mothers 4 Times More Likely to Have Autism

The study - conducted by Harvard’s School of Public Health and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital - included 116,430 women. Among them, 1,788 reported being abused as children and 451 were mothers of autistic children.

Children are nearly four times more likely to suffer from autism if their mothers were abused as kids, researchers have found.