Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2010

Abstract

In data from the Texas Educational Agency and the Health Resources and Services Administration, we found fewer autism diagnoses in school districts with higher percentages of Hispanic children. Our results are consistent with previous reports of autism rates 2 to 3 times as high among non-Hispanic Whites as among Hispanics. Socioeconomic factors failed to explain lower autism prevalence among Hispanic schoolchildren in Texas. These findings raise questions: Is autism underdiagnosed among Hispanics? Are there protective factors associated with Hispanic ethnicity?

Publication Title

American Journal of Public Health

Volume

100

Issue

2

First Page

270

Last Page

272

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2008.150565

ISSN

00900036

E-ISSN

15410048

PubMed ID

20019320

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