Parents’ genes impact child’s back to school fears and anxiety

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The more we learn about genetics, the more we realize that they control everything from looks to personality to health. Now, though, scientists have found that parents’ genes may also influence their children’s behavior. It turns out whether or not a child is easily unnerved is largely dependent on whether their parents also express this trait.

“There is a big genetic effect in terms of anxiety behaviors,” said Tremblay in a news release. “The best predictors of anxiety or depression among children are their parents’ own struggles with the same disorders. In other words, if you have a very anxious mother or father, you are at high risk of being an anxious child.”

Read the full, original story here: Parents’ Genes Impact Child’s Back to School Fears and Anxiety

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