Study: Children from more affluent backgrounds more likely to receive autism diagnosis

MADISON, Wis. - Children living in less affluent neighborhoods are less likely to be diagnosed with autism, according to a new study led by the University of Wisconsin.

According to study leader Maureen Durkin, the diagnosis rate in children more than doubled over the course of the eight-year study, and children living in neighborhoods with higher socioeconomic status were more likely to be diagnosed than children in less affluent neighborhoods.

While Durkin said the study does not prove that children from poorer backgrounds aren’t getting the necessary care, she said that is a likely conclusion. She also specified that children with noticeable developmental disabilities were equally likely to be diagnosed regardless of their socioeconomic status.

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