Current parental depression and offspring perceived self-competence

A quasi-experimental examination

Quetzal A. Class, Brian M. D'Onofrio, Amber L. Singh, Jody M. Ganiban, E. L. Spotts, Paul Lichtenstein, David Reiss, Jenae Marie Neiderhiser

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A genetically-informed, quasi-experimental design was used to examine the genetic and environmental processes underlying associations between current parental depressive symptoms and offspring perceived self-competence. Participants, drawn from a population-based Swedish sample, were 852 twin pairs and their male (52 %) and female offspring aged 15.7 ± 2.4 years. Parental depressive symptoms were measured using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale. Offspring perceived self-competence was measured using a modified Harter Perceived Competence Scale. Cousin comparisons and Children of Twins designs suggested that associations between maternal depressive symptoms and offspring perceived self-competence were due to shared genetic/ environmental liability. The mechanism responsible for father-offspring associations, however, was independent of genetic factors and of extended family environmental factors, supporting a causal inference. Thus, mothers and fathers may impact offspring perceived self-competence via different mechanisms and unmeasured genetic and environmental selection factors must be considered when studying the intergenerational transmission of cognitive vulnerabilities for depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-797
Number of pages11
JournalBehavior Genetics
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

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Mental Competency
Depression
fathers
Fathers
extended families
Mothers
Genetic Phenomena
experimental design
epidemiological studies
vulnerability
environmental factor
Epidemiologic Studies
Research Design
environmental factors
Population
sampling

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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Class, Q. A., D'Onofrio, B. M., Singh, A. L., Ganiban, J. M., Spotts, E. L., Lichtenstein, P., ... Neiderhiser, J. M. (2012). Current parental depression and offspring perceived self-competence: A quasi-experimental examination. Behavior Genetics, 42(5), 787-797. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-012-9550-1
Class, Quetzal A. ; D'Onofrio, Brian M. ; Singh, Amber L. ; Ganiban, Jody M. ; Spotts, E. L. ; Lichtenstein, Paul ; Reiss, David ; Neiderhiser, Jenae Marie. / Current parental depression and offspring perceived self-competence : A quasi-experimental examination. In: Behavior Genetics. 2012 ; Vol. 42, No. 5. pp. 787-797.
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Class QA, D'Onofrio BM, Singh AL, Ganiban JM, Spotts EL, Lichtenstein P et al. Current parental depression and offspring perceived self-competence: A quasi-experimental examination. Behavior Genetics. 2012 Sep 1;42(5):787-797. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-012-9550-1