Maternal Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Case-Control Approach

Research Study

ew research suggests that about 1 in 8 children may be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States. This could be due to several reasons which remain unknown. This study invites mothers who have given birth to children in the United States to share their experiences with diet and supplementation during pregnancy.

Findings from this study can be used to help identify risk factors for ASD risk.

About the study:

One 15–20-minute survey for each child you've given birth to
To protect your privacy, the published study would not use any identifying information

Volunteers must meet these requirements:

Mothers 18 years or older with a child aged 3-12 years who has an official ASD diagnosis from a clinician
•Mothers 18 years or older of children aged 3-12 years who do not have an ASD diagnosis so comparisons can be made between groups

This survey is part of the doctoral study for Michael M. Haniff, a Ph.D. student at Walden University.

Study Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to understand the role of a mother’s diet, social standing, and supplementation with folate or folic acid may have on her child’s future development of autism. Comparisons will be made between mothers of children who have a child with an official ASD diagnosis from a clinician to mothers of children without an ASD diagnosis.


This study will involve you completing the following steps:

· An online survey that will take approximately 20 minutes

Here are some sample questions:

How many people are currently living in your household, including yourself?
Do you drink caffeinated beverages daily (such as coffee, tea, colas)?
Did you use any folate/folic acid supplements during pregnancy?
What percentage of your diet consisted of meat or meat products?
Was your pregnancy planned?
Does your child have a confirmed ASD diagnosis by a physician?

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Published on: June 21, 2022 at 20:47

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