The higher rates of diagnosed autism among the wealthy has long been thought to be a result of higher rates of diagnosis (or “diagnostic ascertainment bias”) – i.e., wealthier families having better access to those who diagnose autism. However, a new paper argues that the disease itself might actually be more common at the higher end of the income spectrum.
via Autism: A Disease of the Rich? – Freakonomics Blog – NYTimes.com.
The Freakonomics author is always willing to be controversial. What do you think of his take on this study? Also interesting to read the comments below.
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