Massachusetts Family Income Determines Prevalence of Children Diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum

by | Jun 3, 2024 | Children |

The figure is a bar graph illustrating the percentage of children and adolescents aged 3–17 years who ever received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, by family income, in the United States during 2020–2022 according to the National Health Interview Survey.

According to the Center for Disease Control, During 2020–2022, 3.4% of children and adolescents aged 3–17 years had received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder among children and adolescents decreased as family income increased.

* Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population, with 95% CIs indicated by error bars.

 Based on a “yes” response to the question, “Has a doctor or other health professional ever told you that [sample child] had autism, Asperger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, or autism spectrum disorder?”

§ As a percentage of federal poverty level, which is based on family income and family size, using the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty thresholds. Family income was imputed when missing.

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