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Survey Questions May Be Cause of Jump In Autism Statistics, Experts Say

A Census Bureau survey shows a jump in autism however health statistic experts say it's the order of the questions that tripped parents up.
A Census Bureau survey shows a jump in autism however health statistic experts say it's the order of the questions that tripped parents up. Photo Credit: Facebook

Survey questions, not environmental factors, are likely responsible for the rise in the reported numbers of autism cases, says buzzfeed.com.

A U.S. Census Bureau survey published Friday indicated 1 in 45 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, up from 1 in 80, according to the article. Health statistics experts say it’s because of the way the survey was put together.

The change in the order of the questions changes the way parents perceive the concept of autism compared to previous surveys, the article says.

For the full article see buzzfeed.com .

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