The Transmission of Incompetence

The Offspring of Mentally Ill Women
  • Arnold J. Sameroff
  • Ronald Seifer
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 3)


The ways in which parents influence the development of their children are many, some quite obvious and direct, others quite subtle and elusive. Socialization and educational practices produce the diversity of human cultural differences in fairly straightforward ways. However, the transmission of the individual differences which characterize mental illness is far from clear.


Peabody Picture Vocabulary Schizophrenic Group Foster Placement Psychiatric Contact Newborn Offspring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold J. Sameroff
    • 1
  • Ronald Seifer
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for the Study of Developmental DisabilitiesUniversity of Illinois, Chicago CircleChicagoUSA

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