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Parents of a Child With Autism Often Forgo Further Childbearing: Study

June 25, 2014

Couples who have a child with autism are much less likely to have more children compared to other parents, a new study finds. One expert wasn't surprised by the finding. "Clearly, parenting a child with an autism spectrum disorder requires a huge commitment of time, energy and money; this is a stress to couples and impacts siblings," said Dr. Ron Marino, associate chairman of the department of pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. "There is no surprise that many people do not have the desire to undertake parenting more children in this context," said Marino, who was not involved in the new research. To read more, click here

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