Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Clinic Notes: Blaming Moms Blaming Dads for Autism

In the 1940's, after Leo Kanner had described autism in children, psychoanalyst Bruno Bettelheim wrote extensively about the causal relationship between emotionally distant mothers (refrigerator mothers) and their autistic children. Of course, you can imagine the guilt this caused moms. Now maybe it's dad's turn. A recent study by epidemiologist Avi Reichenberg of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine found that dads older than forty were six times more likely to have children diagnosed with autism than younger dads. Theoretically, the DNA in the older sperm has decayed.

(See James Ottar Grundvig for The Epoch Times at

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