Thursday, June 2, 2011

Study Watch : Autism Prevalence in Iran

I found this estimate of the rate of autism in Iran to be interesting, especially in light of the recent estimates from countries like South Korea.  I don't know exactly what time frame this study looks at but I would guess that it would be looking at children born since 2000 or so.

There is certainly a big difference between the 264 per 10,000 estimated in South Korea and the 6 per 10,000 found in this study.

A National Study of the Prevalence of Autism Among Five-Year-old Children in Iran.

Samadi SA, Mahmoodizadeh A, McConkey R.
University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK.

Abstract
In Iran, more than 1.3 million five-year olds have been screened for autism over three academic years, with the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ). The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) is used to confirm a diagnosis of typical autism. The resulting prevalence of 6.26 per 10,000 for typical autism is in line with rates for certain countries but is lower than those reported recently for some Western nations. This may be due to the younger age range assessed but the suitability of the tools and aspects of Iranian culture could be other reasons for the lower prevalence. International comparisons of prevalence rates is fraught with difficulties, but it is a valuable endeavour as it can identify issues around cultural and societal perceptions of children's development.

Pubmed ID : 21610190
DOI : 10.1177/1362361311407091

3 comments:

  1. Hi MJ -

    There is certainly a big difference between the 264 per 10,000 estimated in South Korea and the 6 per 10,000 found in this study.

    Hehe. Indeed.

    - pD

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  2. Koreans are supposedly better in math...could it be that autism is a gift?

    After all, Aspergians are highly over-represented in the maths and sciences.

    And they pulled these kids from regular classrooms in Korea, even though they 'guessed' (assumed) how many would be autisitic, as I'm taking it many refused to fill out the forms.

    Doesn't really seem possible--the divergence between Iran and Korea.

    Maybe Democracy want to get rid of their nerds. I'm getting real paranoid... ;)

    I think there is going to be

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  3. didn't finish...

    A Revenge of the Nerds

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