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© The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2016. We offer a contemporary review of studies of the offspring of parents with bipolar disorder and explore the clinical characteristics of these populations. We discuss how different methodological approaches may influence study findings and may explain some of the heterogeneity in the results reported. We also highlight some of the environmental risk factors that may increase the likelihood of transition from an ‘at-risk’ or high-risk state to bipolar disorder. Last, we briefly discuss the implications of study findings for early intervention strategies and comment on such issues as genetic counselling and primary and early secondary prevention programmes.
Author(s): Loftus J, Etain B, Scott J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Advances in Psychiatric Treatment
Online publication date: 02/05/2016
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
ISSN (print): 1355-5146
ISSN (electronic): 1472-1481
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
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