ERIC Number: EJ758400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
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Maternal Recurrent Mood Disorders and High-Functioning Autism
Cohen, Ira L.; Tsiouris, John A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v36 n8 p1077-1088 Nov 2006
A quantitative examination was made of the association of parental mood and anxiety disorders with severity of disability within a large sample of young children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Maternal recurrent mood disorders were associated with elevated cognitive and adaptive functioning in their affected children, parent reports of increased behavior problems and teacher reports of an internalizing behavioral style. Maternal histories of anxiety disorders and paternal depression or anxiety disorders were not associated with levels of adaptive/cognitive functioning or levels of maladaptive behaviors in the children. Various genetic models are discussed. It is hypothesized that genes associated with recurrent depression in women may exert a "protective" effect on cognition and adaptive functioning in children with PDD.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Autism, Emotional Disturbances, Mothers, Correlation, Parent Influence, Severity (of Disability), Young Children, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Cognitive Ability, Genetics, Females, Adjustment (to Environment)
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