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Does major depressive disorder in parents predict specific fears and phobias in offspring?
Depress Anxiety. 2008; 25(5):379-82.DA

Abstract

Evidence suggests a relationship between parental depression and phobias in offspring as well as links between childhood fears and risk for major depression. This study examines the relationship between major depressive disorder (MDD) and anxiety disorders in parents and specific fears and phobias in offspring. Three hundred and eighteen children of parents with lifetime MDD, anxiety disorder, MDD+anxiety disorder, or neither were psychiatrically assessed via parent interview. Rates of specific phobias in offspring did not differ significantly across parental groups. Specific fears were significantly elevated in offspring of parents with MDD+anxiety disorder relative to the other groups (MDD, anxiety disorder, and controls, which did not differ). We failed to find increased phobias in offspring of parents with MDD without anxiety disorder. Elevated rates of specific fears in offspring of parents with MDD+anxiety disorder may be a function of more severe parental psychopathology, increased genetic loading, or unmeasured environmental influences.

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Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Child Study Center, NYU School of Medicine, New York University, New York, USA. mgbielMD@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17935207

Citation

Biel, Matthew G., et al. "Does Major Depressive Disorder in Parents Predict Specific Fears and Phobias in Offspring?" Depression and Anxiety, vol. 25, no. 5, 2008, pp. 379-82.
Biel MG, Klein RG, Mannuzza S, et al. Does major depressive disorder in parents predict specific fears and phobias in offspring? Depress Anxiety. 2008;25(5):379-82.
Biel, M. G., Klein, R. G., Mannuzza, S., Roizen, E. R., Truong, N. L., Roberson-Nay, R., & Pine, D. S. (2008). Does major depressive disorder in parents predict specific fears and phobias in offspring? Depression and Anxiety, 25(5), 379-82.
Biel MG, et al. Does Major Depressive Disorder in Parents Predict Specific Fears and Phobias in Offspring. Depress Anxiety. 2008;25(5):379-82. PubMed PMID: 17935207.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Does major depressive disorder in parents predict specific fears and phobias in offspring? AU - Biel,Matthew G, AU - Klein,Rachel G, AU - Mannuzza,Salvatore, AU - Roizen,Erica R, AU - Truong,Nhan L, AU - Roberson-Nay,Roxann, AU - Pine,Daniel S, PY - 2007/10/16/pubmed PY - 2008/8/8/medline PY - 2007/10/16/entrez SP - 379 EP - 82 JF - Depression and anxiety JO - Depress Anxiety VL - 25 IS - 5 N2 - Evidence suggests a relationship between parental depression and phobias in offspring as well as links between childhood fears and risk for major depression. This study examines the relationship between major depressive disorder (MDD) and anxiety disorders in parents and specific fears and phobias in offspring. Three hundred and eighteen children of parents with lifetime MDD, anxiety disorder, MDD+anxiety disorder, or neither were psychiatrically assessed via parent interview. Rates of specific phobias in offspring did not differ significantly across parental groups. Specific fears were significantly elevated in offspring of parents with MDD+anxiety disorder relative to the other groups (MDD, anxiety disorder, and controls, which did not differ). We failed to find increased phobias in offspring of parents with MDD without anxiety disorder. Elevated rates of specific fears in offspring of parents with MDD+anxiety disorder may be a function of more severe parental psychopathology, increased genetic loading, or unmeasured environmental influences. SN - 1520-6394 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17935207/Does_major_depressive_disorder_in_parents_predict_specific_fears_and_phobias_in_offspring L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/da.20383 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -