Title

Familial Association of Anxiety Sensitivity and Psychopathology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2007

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the association between parental (biological mother and father) and adult-offspring anxiety sensitivity (AS), and to determine whether parental AS is related to psychopathology in offspring. We obtained offspring (N = 174) self-ratings of anxiety, mood, and stress symptoms, and assigned psychiatric diagnoses using a semistructured clinical interview. Biological mothers, fathers, and offspring independently completeda self-report measure of AS. We hypothesized that (1) there would be a positive relation between parental and offspring AS, and (2) AS in parents would be positively associated with psychopathology in offspring. Results indicated that paternal (but not maternal) AS was associated with offspring AS and psychopathology. Depression and Anxiety 24: 264-267, 2007. Published 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Publication Title

Depression and Anxiety

Volume

24

Issue

4

First Page

264

Last Page

267