Wednesday, May 19, 2010

80% Divorce Stat is Complete Garbage

Of course, we already knew that. There's a prior survey by Easter Seals on the question of divorce among the parents of autistic people.

Readers might remember I also tackled another 80% stat having to do with the divorce rate of autistic adults.

Both 80% stats are clearly made up. They are impossible to track back to original sources. The question is: Who made them up, and for what purpose?

Either way, do check out the story:

80 Percent Autism Divorce Rate Debunked in First-of-Its Kind Scientific Study.

12 comments:

  1. Married 26 years last week (together for 31)

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  2. Congratulations, jypsy!

    Joseph, I had to laugh when I saw the title of your post in my RSS reader.

    There has been a lot of information countering the "80%" figure, as you rightly note. Any guesses on how long it takes for groups like the NAA to stop claiming high divorce rates?

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  3. Sullivan,
    Since the NAA isn't interested in facts, I bet they'll pretend this study doesn't exist. :-)


    Joseph,

    I just noticed that I'm carrying your blog in three different categories on www.autismblogsdirectory.blogspot.com. Do you have a preference for a category or do you want me to keep you in all three categories?

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  4. Both 80% stats are clearly made up. They are impossible to track back to original sources.

    Yeah, Joe, sort of like your 25% employment rate for all autistics on which you base your 70% projected employment for all persons with autism.

    It also seems to me that this study has not yet been published in a peer reviewed journal and was just reported by the media and at this point is nothing more than an IMFAR poster yet, you have stated that it is definitive proof of something. Considering it is just an IMFAR poster I strongly suspect you have not read the study.

    Both your 25% employment rate that you neglected to cite any reference for and your reporting results of research that you have just read about in the media without consulting the primary sources (not yet published anywhere) seems strange to me for someone like yourself who seems to be such a stickler for scientific rigor.

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  5. Reminds me of a classic joke: "96.742% of statistics are made up."

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  6. Yeah, Joe, sort of like your 25% employment rate for all autistics on which you base your 70% projected employment for all persons with autism.

    An issue which I addressed here. I did not make up that stat, I assure you. It was sloppy of me not to source it the first time -- something I almost never fail to do.

    It also seems to me that this study has not yet been published in a peer reviewed journal and was just reported by the media and at this point is nothing more than an IMFAR poster yet, you have stated that it is definitive proof of something. Considering it is just an IMFAR poster I strongly suspect you have not read the study.

    This is ridiculously irrelevant in this case, considering there are already 2 surveys that find the same thing, and considering all evidence to the contrary is made up. You can even go to the raw data, which Sullivan once commented he had done, and he reports that indeed this can be confirmed first hand.

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  7. Do you have a preference for a category or do you want me to keep you in all three categories?

    @Kim: I'll leave it up to you :)

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  8. Married for 19 years here, and of course this was made up.

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  9. @jypsy: congrats!
    Susan and I have been married 22 years, together 24.

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  10. I've been married for 18 years as of Tuesday!

    Kim, you suggested that the NAA would ignore the study. Looks like Mitchell works for them so that'll do, right? *LOL*

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  11. Here's a link to an interview at IMFAR between Allison Singer & Brian Freedman:


    http://www.youtube.com/user/kellylaudien#p/u/6/Mlu9j0AIUYs

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