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Social class and infantile autism.

Journal article
Authors Christopher Gillberg
H Schaumann
Published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume 12
Issue 3
Pages 223-228
ISSN 0162-3257
Publication year 1982
Published at Department medicine
Pages 223-228
Language en
Keywords Adolescent, Autistic Disorder, Epidemiology, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Male, Social Class, Sweden
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry


Twenty infantile autistic children, constituting what is likely to be the majority of the total population of autistic children born in the years 1962 through 1973 and living in Göteborg, Sweden, by the end of 1978, were compared with a random population sample of 59 7-year-old Göteborg children with regard to social class. Two different social classification systems were used, one that takes account only of the father's occupation and one that includes several other parameters. The distributions of social class were almost identical in the infantile autism group and in the random group. With respect to some other social circumstances the two groups were very similar. Thus, the present results lend no support for the view that autistic children tend to come from high social classes.

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