Age- and Gender-Specific Prevalence of Intellectually Disabled Population in India

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Mudit Kapoor, Mayanka Ambade, Shamika Ravi, S.V. Subramanian

Intellectual disability in India is substantially under-reported, especially amongst females. This study quantifies the prevalence and gender bias in household reporting of intellectual disability by estimating the age-and-gender specific prevalence of the intellectually disabled by education, Socio-Demographic Index (SDI) score, place of residence, (rural/urban) and income of household head. We estimated prevalence (per 100,000) at 179 (95% CI: 173 to 185) for males and 120 (95% CI: 115 to 125) for females. Gender differences declined sharply with increased education, was higher for lower ages and low income and varied little by state development. Under-identification and under-reporting due to stigma are two plausible reasons for the gender differences in prevalence that increase with age.

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Publication reference
Kapoor, Mudit, et al. "Age-and Gender-Specific Prevalence of Intellectually Disabled Population in India." Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (2023): 1-11.
Publication | 9 March 2023