Psychiatric disorders and behavioral functions in offsprings of bipolar parents


Firouzeh Derakhshanpour 1 , * , Fariba Arabgol 1 , Leyli Panaghi 2 , Homa Mazhabdar 3

1 Behavioral Science Research Center, Shahid Beheshti Medical University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Family Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Socialworker, Shahid Beheshti Medical University, Tehran, Iran.

How to Cite: Derakhshanpour F, Arabgol F, Panaghi L, Mazhabdar H. Psychiatric disorders and behavioral functions in offsprings of bipolar parents, Hormozgan Med J. 2010 ; 13(4):e88789.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 13 (4); e88789
Published Online: August 24, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 04, 2006
Accepted: August 24, 2009


Introduction: Psychiatric disorders and function of child and adolescent offsprings
of bipolar parents were compared to that of their peers with healthy parents.
Methods: In this case - control study, 52 bipolar parents along with their 72 children
were compared with 48 healthy and their 63 children. The subjects were selected by
simple and available methods. K-SADS, C-GAS were to collect data. Statistical analysis
was performed using Chi-square and t tests.
Results: Relative frequency of psychiatric disorders (at least one disorder) was 51.4
perecent (38 people) in cases and 20.6 perecent (13 people) in controls. The
difference was statistically significant (P<0.001). Both groups showed significant
differences in mood and anxiety disorders as well as ADHD. According to C-GAS
questionnaire the level of function was higher in the control group.
Conclusion: Psychiatric disorders and impairment of behavioral functioning among the
offspring of bipolar parents were higher that the controls.



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