Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Somalis and Autism: Is It a Disease Cluster or Not?

Autism rates in the immigrant Somali population seem to be larger than most other ethnic groups. No one is sure as to the cause. The article insinuates that it might be genetic, but no one knows for sure. The only thing known is that many Somalis in America are affected by autism.

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I think a significant element is the trauma (war, hunger) many Somali parents originally suffered in their country. This is a different from the relatively peaceful lives of those in their new countries.

They may unconsciously be passing on tension to their children. Autism is mostly behavioral and for that nurturing plays a part.
 
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