Family history of psychological problems in generalized anxiety disorder
Article first published online: 28 MAY 2008
© 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 64, Issue 7, pages 905–918, July 2008
How to Cite
McLaughlin, K. A., Behar, E. and Borkovec, T.D. (2008), Family history of psychological problems in generalized anxiety disorder. J. Clin. Psychol., 64: 905–918. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20497
- Issue published online: 5 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2008
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: MH 58593
- family history;
- generalized anxiety disorder;
The current investigation examined self-reported family history of psychological problems in a large sample of individuals diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and nonanxious controls. The GAD participants were all individuals receiving cognitive–behavioral therapy as part of two large randomized clinical trials. Family history information was obtained from the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule-Revised (ADIS-R; DiNardo & Barlow, 1988). The results indicate that, compared to control participants, individuals with GAD were more likely to have family members with anxiety problems, but not other psychological problems. Possible mechanisms for the familial transmission of GAD are discussed. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 64: 1–14, 2008.