Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Family & Parenting
  3. Special Needs Kids

New study shows that children of older fathers are at higher risk of autism

See also

On March 2 E Max Health shares a new study that shows that children of older fathers are at a higher risk of autism and other genetic mutations.

An older study from 2012 has been built upon that shares that fathers over the age of 36 have the possibility of passing on over 55 different genetic mutations to their children, where as a mother regardless of her age can pass on roughly 14 because of the limited amount of fertile eggs that she produces in her lifetime. Males are able to pass on new genetic mutations with each generation of sperm. Therefore, a father that is 36-years old is going to generate three times as many genetic mutations than a father in their early twenties.

In a 2014 study performed by Indiana University looked at over 2 million children born from 1974-2000 to older fathers and found that they were at a much higher risk of autism, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Schizophrenia, substance abuse, and suicide attempts. In the study, it sited;

When compared to a child born to a 24-year-old father, a child born to a 45-year-old father is 3.5 times more likely to have autism, 13 times more likely to have ADHD, two times more likely to have a psychotic disorder, 25 times more likely to have bipolar disorder and 2.5 times more likely to have suicidal behavior or a substance abuse problem.

What is furthermore interesting is that the average age of parents when they start a family is in the late 20s to mid 30s. Therefore, the likelihood of more children being born with some sort of a genetic mutation is high. It is well documented that the younger the parents of a child, the more likely they are to live in poverty, education rates are lower, and parents often suffer emotionally and financially.



  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    5 Photos