ERIC Number: EJ788716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Common Genetic and Environmental Influences on Major Depressive Disorder and Conduct Disorder
Subbarao, Anjali; Rhee, Soo Hyun; Young, Susan E.; Ehringer, Marissa A.; Corley, Robin P.; Hewitt, John K.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v36 n3 p433-444 Apr 2008
The evidence for common genetic and environmental influences on conduct disorder (CD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) in adolescents was examined. A sample of 570 monozygotic twin pairs, 592 dizygotic twin pairs, and 426 non-twin siblings, aged 12-18 years, was recruited from the Colorado Twin Registry. For the past year data, there was a significant correlation between the genetic influences on MDD and CD and, for the lifetime data, there was a significant correlation between the genetic influences on MDD and CD, and a significant correlation between the nonshared environmental influences on MDD and CD. Our results suggest that some genetic factors will increase an individual's vulnerability to both MDD and CD in adolescence.
Descriptors: Twins, Genetics, Environmental Influences, Depression (Psychology), Behavior Disorders, Adolescents, Correlation
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