Data & Methods
Family & Relationships
Social Psychology

Testing a new approach to research on genetics, environment, family and mental health

  • PSC
Testing a new approach to research on genetics, environment, family and mental health

Project Summary

Psychiatric disorders are the leading source of disability worldwide. In addition to the individual suffering they entail, the disability associated with these disorders includes substantial consequences for family and health outcomes. Dissecting the relationship among family, community and psychiatric factors is complex because of the high potential for reciprocal causation. The result is a formidable challenge to understanding the role of psychiatric disorders in a wide range of adverse outcomes. The first step toward disentangling this complex relationship is to identify the role of causal factors that precede the formation of psychiatric disorders so that subsequent steps can estimate the mediating power of psychiatric disorders in long-term outcomes such as family change and variation.

Funding

NICHD

Investigators

  • William G. Axinn

Project Period

2015-08-01 - 2016-08-31