A genetically informed study of marital instability and its association with offspring psychopathology

D'Onofrio, Brian M., Turkheimer, Eric, Emery, Robert E., Slutske, Wendy S., Heath, Andrew C., Madden, Pamela A. and Martin, Nicholas G. (2005) A genetically informed study of marital instability and its association with offspring psychopathology. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114 4: 570-586. doi:10.1037/0021-843X.114.4.570


Author D'Onofrio, Brian M.
Turkheimer, Eric
Emery, Robert E.
Slutske, Wendy S.
Heath, Andrew C.
Madden, Pamela A.
Martin, Nicholas G.
Title A genetically informed study of marital instability and its association with offspring psychopathology
Journal name Journal of Abnormal Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-843X
1939-1846
Publication date 2005-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0021-843X.114.4.570
Volume 114
Issue 4
Start page 570
End page 586
Total pages 17
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Abstract Parental divorce is associated with a number of emotional and behavioral problems in young-adult offspring, but theoretical and empirical considerations suggest that the relation may be partially or fully accounted for by passive gene-environment correlation or environmental selection characteristics. The current study used the Children of Twins Design to explore whether shared environmental or genetic factors confound the relationship between parental marital instability and measures of psychopathology. Comparisons of the offspring of adult twins in Australia on 3 factors of abnormal behavior, including drug and alcohol, behavioral, and internalizing problems, suggest that environmental influences associated with divorce account for the higher rates of psychopathology. The results are consistent with a causal connection between marital instability and psychopathology in young-adult offspring.
Keyword Behavior genetics
Children of twins
Depression
Divorce
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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