A behavior genetic investigation of adolescent motherhood and offspring mental health problems

Harden, K. P., Lynch, S. K., Turkheimer, E., Emery, R. E., D'Onofrio, B. M., Slutske, W. S., Waldron, M. D., Statham, D. J. and Martin, N. G. (2007) A behavior genetic investigation of adolescent motherhood and offspring mental health problems. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116 4: 667-683.


Author Harden, K. P.
Lynch, S. K.
Turkheimer, E.
Emery, R. E.
D'Onofrio, B. M.
Slutske, W. S.
Waldron, M. D.
Statham, D. J.
Martin, N. G.
Title A behavior genetic investigation of adolescent motherhood and offspring mental health problems
Journal name Journal of Abnormal Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-843X
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1037/0021-843X.116.4.667
Volume 116
Issue 4
Start page 667
End page 683
Total pages 17
Editor D. Watson
Place of publication Washington, U.S.A.
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 730107 Inherited diseases (incl. gene therapy)
321011 Medical Genetics
C1
Abstract The present study examines the relations between adolescent motherhood and children's behavior, substance use, and internalizing problems in a sample of 1,368 children of 712 female twins from Australia. Adolescent motherhood remained significantly associated with all mental health problems, even when using a quasiexperimental design capable of controlling for genetic and environmental confounds. However, the relation between adolescent motherhood and offspring behavior problems and substance use was partially confounded by family background variables that influence both generations. The results are consistent with a causal relation between adolescent motherhood and offspring mental health problems, and they highlight the usefulness of behavior genetic designs when examining putative environmental risks for the development of psychopathology. The generalizability of these results to the United States, which has a higher adolescent birth rate, is discussed.
Keyword Adolescent
Adult
Child Behavior Disorders/*epidemiology/*genetics/psychology
Female
Humans
Illegitimacy/*psychology/*statistics & numerical data
Mental Disorders/*epidemiology/*genetics/psychology
Middle Aged
Models, Psychological
*Mother-Child Relations
Pregnancy
*Pregnancy in Adolescence
Questionnaires
Twins/*genetics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2008 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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