Autism in immigrants: children born in Sweden to mothers born in Uganda

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  • C. Gillberg,

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    1. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Neuropsychiatry Clinic, University of Goteborg, Goteborg, Sweden
    • Christopher Gillberg MD, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Neuropsychiatry Clinic, University of Goteborg, S-413 45 Goteborg, Sweden.

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  • H. Schaumann,

    1. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Neuropsychiatry Clinic, University of Goteborg, Goteborg, Sweden
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  • I. C. Gillberg

    1. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Neuropsychiatry Clinic, University of Goteborg, Goteborg, Sweden
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Abstract

Three boys diagnosed as suffering from autistic disorder were born in Sweden to mothers born in Uganda. Two were related but the third boy was unrelated to the others. The prevalence for autistic disorder in Goteborg children born to mothers who were born in Uganda was 15% which is almost 200 times higher than in the general population of children. The possible reason for the high autism rate in this particular ethnic subgroup is discussed.

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