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Heterogeneity in antisocial behaviours and comorbidity with depressed mood: a behavioural genetic approach

Rowe, Richard; Rijsdijk, Fruhling V.; Maughan, Barbara; Hosang, Georgina M. and Eley, Thalia C.. 2008. Heterogeneity in antisocial behaviours and comorbidity with depressed mood: a behavioural genetic approach. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(5), pp. 526-534. ISSN 1469-7610 [Article]

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Background: Antisocial behaviour is often comorbid with depressed mood but is itself a collection of heterogeneous behaviours. Using a genetically informative design, we examine heterogeneity in anti- social behaviour and overlaps between different forms of antisocial behaviour with depressed mood. Methods: Data were drawn from the G1219 large-scale community sample containing self-report questionnaire data from 941 twin pairs and 328 sibling-pairs aged 12–21 years. Results: Inter-correlations among oppositionality, physical aggression and delinquency, and between the antisocial subscales and depressed mood, were mediated by genetic and non-shared environmental influences. Genetic factors generally contributed more to the correlations than the non- shared environment. Conclusions: These results indicate that many genetic and non-shared envir- onmental influences were common to all the traits studied, but there was also evidence for trait-specific effects. Keywords: Conduct disorder, aggression, delinquency, oppositionality, depression, twin.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2008.01834.x

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
2008Published

Item ID:

9004

Date Deposited:

07 Oct 2013 13:01

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 15:55

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9004

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