Parental alcoholism and offspring behavior problems: Findings in Australian children of twins

Mary Waldron, Nicholas G. Martin, Andrew C. Heath

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Abstract

We examine the impact of rearing by an alcoholic parent on risk for child behavior problems using data on 2492 offspring drawn from two ongoing studies of children of female and male same- and opposite-sex twin pairs. Results of regression models predicting child behavior problems from parent and co-twin lifetime history of alcohol use disorder (AUD) provide support for genetic but not environmental transmission of externalizing and a measure of total problem behaviors. Results for internalizing behavior were inconclusive with respect to transmission of risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-440
Number of pages8
JournalTwin Research and Human Genetics
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

Keywords

  • Behavior problems
  • Children of twins
  • Parental alcoholism

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