‘A cross-lagged twin study of emotional symptoms, social isolation and peer victimisation from early adolescence to emerging adulthood’
Open Access paper from JCPP Advances
Emotional symptoms, such as anxiety and depressive symptoms, are common during adolescence, often persist over time, and can precede the emergence of severe anxiety and depressive disorders. Studies suggest that a vicious cycle of reciprocal influences between emotional symptoms and interpersonal difficulties may explain why some adolescents suffer from persisting emotional symptoms. However, the role of different types of interpersonal difficulties, such as social isolation and peer victimisation, in these reciprocal associations is still unclear. In addition, the lack of longitudinal twin studies conducted on emotional symptoms during adolescence means that the genetic and environmental contributions to these relationships during adolescence remain unknown.
Authors: Geneviève Morneau-Vaillancourt, Olakunle Oginni, Elham Assary, Georgina Krebs, Ellen J. Thompson, Elisavet Palaiologou, Celestine Lockhart, Louise Arseneault, Thalia C. Eley
First published: 06 June 2023
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