- Top of page
- What this paper adds
- Baron–Cohen’s hypothesis and recent evidence for IT
- Risk factors for autism identified by Gardener et al.
- Further risk factors for autism
Baron–Cohen hypothesized that a cause of autism in infants is exposure to high concentrations of intrauterine testosterone concentrations. Some of the subsequent research on this hypothesis has focused on the possibility that the source of this testosterone is the fetus; however, this review shows that if the source is taken to be the mother, then many of the established risk factors for autism could be explained. If that were correct, it would follow that high maternally derived intrauterine androgen concentrations may be a major environmental cause of autism.