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Are anxiety symptoms in childhood heritable?

Thapar, Anita and McGuffin, P. 1995. Are anxiety symptoms in childhood heritable? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 36 (3) , pp. 439-447. 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1995.tb01301.x

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Although childhood anxiety appears to aggregate in families, transmission could be explained by both genetic and shared environmental factors. Twin studies can be used to disentangle genetic and environmental effects. In this study, a systematically ascertained sample of twins was used to investigate whether anxiety symptoms are heritable. Parent-rated anxiety symptoms could best be explained by an additive genetic model with heritability estimated at 59%. However, when self ratings were analysed (in the adolescent subsample), familial transmission could be accounted for by shared environmental factors only.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0021-9630
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:39

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