Children As Young As Nine Have Increased Risk Of Major Depressive Disorder If One Or More Generations In Family Also Affected, Study Data Show

Weissman and team used data on 11,200 children from Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) collected from September 2016 to November 2018.

Children as young as 9 years old have an increased risk of major depressive disorder and other psychopathologies if one or more generations in their family were also affected, an analysis of ABCD study data showed. Parent reports showed that “the weighted prevalence of depressive disorder in children ages 9 to 11 years was 3.8% for those with no family history of depression, 5.5% for children who had a depressed grandparent but no depressed parent, and 10.4% for those who only had an affected parent.” Furthermore, “this trend was similar for a range of other psychiatric disorders, including all anxiety-related disorders.” The findings were published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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van Dijk MT, Murphy E, Posner JE, Talati A, Weissman MM. Association of Multigenerational Family History of Depression With Lifetime Depressive and Other Psychiatric Disorders in ChildrenResults from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) StudyJAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 21, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0350

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