Family and high-risk studies of social anxiety disorder

Merikangas, K. R. and Lieb, R. and Wittchen, H.-U. and Avenevoli, S.. (2003) Family and high-risk studies of social anxiety disorder. Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica. Supplementum, 417. pp. 28-37.

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Objective: To present data on the role of familial factors in the etiology of social anxiety disorder. Method: Findings presented from a family/high-risk study (the Yale Family Study) and a prospective community study of youth (the Munich Early Developmental Stages of Psychopathology (EDSP) Study). Results: The Yale Family Study demonstrated a substantial degree of familial aggregation of social anxiety disorder and specificity with respect to other anxiety subtypes among adult relatives. The Yale high-risk component and the EDSP Study confirm the association between parental and offspring social anxiety, but did not yield consistent evidence for an association between familial environmental factors and social anxiety. Conclusion: Future studies are needed to examine mechanisms for the specificity of social anxiety disorder aggregation, to identify vulnerability factors for its development and to pinpoint environmental conditions that may enhance or suppress expression of underlying vulnerability.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Lieb, Roselind
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Also published in: Social anxiety disorder. - Copenhagen : Blackwell Munksgaard, 2003. - S. 28-37 -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 14:00

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