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Elucidating the Link between Parent and Adolescent Psychopathology: A Test of Transmission Specificity and Genetic and Environmental Liabilities

Abstract The tendency for psychopathology to aggregate within families is well-documented, though little is known regarding the level of specificity at which familial transmission of symptomology occurs. The current study first tested competing higher-order structures of psychopathology in adolescence, indexing general and more specific latent factors. Second, parent-offspring transmission was tested for broadband domain specificity versus transmission of a general liability for psychopathology. Lastly, genetic and environmental mechanisms underlying the familial aggregation of psychopathology were examined using nuclear twin-family models. The sample was comprised of five hundred adolescent twin pairs (mean age 13.24 years) and their parents drawn ... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Oro, Veronica Michelle (Author) / Lemery-Chalfant, Kathryn (Advisor) / Chassin, Laurie (Committee member) / Doane, Leah D (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Psychology / Developmental psychology / Mental health / adolescence / confirmatory factor analysis / intergenerational transmission / nuclear twin family model / P factor / psychopathology
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 80 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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