Familial and Parental Clinical Characteristics
In this chapter the characteristics of both parents are explored, and associations between features of the clinical disorder and children’s dysfunction are examined. Factors such as greater severity or chronicity of maternal disorder, as well as earlier age of onset, may indicate a more pernicious course that is likely to influence risk to children. The characteristics of first-degree relatives of the parents also are considered. Evidence of “loaded” family pedigrees may imply different outcomes for children. Finally, characteristics of the biological fathers of the children in the study are explored and discussed in relation to children’s outcomes.
KeywordsAnxiety Disorder Affective Disorder Personality Disorder Assortative Mating Biological Father
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