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.

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