Autism Statistics (2011)

This study explored autism statistics. A new, comprehensive survey of adults in the UK reports that approximately one in a hundred have autism, defined on a tight set of criteria. These figures are similar to estimates in children. Results further suggested the weighted prevalence of autism in adults was estimated to be 9.8 per 1000 (95% confidence interval, 3.0-16.5). Prevalence was not related to the respondent’s age. Rates were higher in men, those without educational qualifications, and those living in rented social (government-financed) housing. There was no evidence of increased use of services for mental health problems.

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