Re: Evolving Geeks?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 03:25:08 MST

Alex Ramonsky wrote:

> Is there any evidence to suggest a link between autism and birth / early
> parenting methods? I read some while ago that this was the case but have
> been unable to find any reference to it.
> Of course I realise that such things as birth methods and parenting methods
> are not necessarily genetic, but most parents do tend to copy their own
> parents to some extent in childrearing, so the effect would run in families.
> I do believe that 'autism' is something rather special and that the
> 'benefits' of such a condition may come to outweigh the disadvantages.

Well, I don't know how relevant it is or isn't but a lot of
Gen-X and later kids grew up with less contact with their
parental units and more time in front of the tube and/or
computer screens from real early. Parents do not copy their
parents when the economic conditions change so that both work
outside the home more than may have been the case with their
own. Also the cultural and technological environment has changed
rather quickly which makes child-rearing even more unlikely to
be just like mum and dad did it.

- samantha

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