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Behavioural Genetics of Childhood Disorders

  • Christine M. FreitagEmail author
  • Philip Asherson
  • Johannes Hebebrand
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Part of the Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences book series (CTBN, volume 12)

Abstract

After a general introduction into genetic risk factors for child psychiatric disorders, four specific child psychiatric disorders with a strong genetic component, namely, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, Nocturnal Enuresis, and obesity, are discussed in detail. Recent evidence of linkage, candidate gene, and genome-wide association studies are presented. This chapter ends with a prospectus on further research needs.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorders Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder Nocturnal enuresis Obesity BMI Linkage Association Genetic 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine M. Freitag
    • 1
    Email author
  • Philip Asherson
    • 2
  • Johannes Hebebrand
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and PsychotherapyGoethe-Universität Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre Institute of PsychiatryLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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