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March 1988

Family and Genetic Studies of Affective Disorders

Author Affiliations

From the Affective and Anxiety Disorders Research Branch, Division of Clinical Research (Drs Blehar and Hirschfeld), and the Clinical Neurogenetics Branch, Intramural Research Program (Dr Gershon), National Institute of Mental Health, Rockville, Md; and the College of Physicians & Surgeons (Dr Weissman), Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1988;45(3):289-292. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1988.01800270109013

• This article summarizes discussion, conclusions, and recommendations of participants in a National Institute of Mental Health—sponsored workshop dealing with major issues in family and genetic studies of affective disorders. Key up-to-date findings in the field are reviewed with emphasis on areas of agreement. Remaining controversies and problems are identified, and a set of overall conclusions and recommendations for future research activities in the field is presented.