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Sex-specific transmission of anxiety disorders from parents to offspring

JAMA Network Open

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JAMA Network

About The Study: In this study of 398 offspring in Canada, those with a same-sex parent with an anxiety disorder were more likely to have an anxiety disorder than offspring with an opposite-sex parent with an anxiety disorder, a finding that suggests a possible role of environmental factors in the transmission of anxiety from parents to children. Future studies should establish whether treating parents’ anxiety may protect their children from developing an anxiety disorder.

Authors: Barbara Pavlova, Ph.D., of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, is the corresponding author.

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