Life events and depressive symptoms in childhood - shared genes or shared adversity? A research note

Thapar, Anita, Harold, Gordon and McGuffin, Peter (1998) Life events and depressive symptoms in childhood - shared genes or shared adversity? A research note. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines, 39 (8). pp. 1153-1158. ISSN 0021-9630

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Abstract

A twin study design was used to examine to what extent genetic and environmental factors mediate the association between life events and depressive symptoms. Questionnaire measures (maternally rated) of depressive symptoms and life events were obtained for a systematically ascertained sample of 270 twin pairs aged 8 to 17 years. Bivariate genetic model fitting showed that depressive symptoms and some life events (total events, negative impact) share a common genetic influence. The covariation of independent life events and depressive symptoms was explained by a shared environmental influence common to both. At least part of the association between life events and depressive symptoms is mediated by familial factors that include both genes and shared environment.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Carmel Stevenson
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2015 08:53
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2015 08:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55582
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