Parents of children with autism are no more likely to split up than other parents. A figure of 80% of parents of children with autism splitting up has become common currency in the autism 'community' over the last few years but no one really knows where it comes from, or if there is any truth behind it. Brian Freedman from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at the Kennedy Krieger institute in Baltimore used data from a 2007 national survey to look into this issue. The survey included information on 77,911 American children aged between 3 and 17. The study found that 64% of autistic children lived with both parents compared to 65% of children unaffected by autism.
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