Parents of Autistic Kids at Risk of Divorce?
Study Shows Three-Quarters of Parents of Autistic Children Stay Married
By Denise Mann
WebMD Health News
Reviewed By Laura J. Martin, MD
Despite this increase in divorce seen as children with autism grew up, fully three-quarters of these parents did remain married, the new study showed.
"You are not fated to get divorced because you have a child with autism, but there is a prolonged vulnerability to divorce for these families," study researcher Sigan L. Hartley, PhD, a professor of human development and family studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison, tells WebMD.
The CDC estimates that about one in 110 children in the U.S have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the umbrella name given to a larger group of disorders that can affect social and communication skills.
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