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Criminal behavior, substance abuse linked to genetic factors in children of triparental families

March 31, 2015

Children in triparental families consisting of a mother, a stepfather and a biological father living outside the home are more likely to participate in criminal behavior, drug abuse or alcohol use if their biological parents also engaged in these activities, according to recently published data.

“For drug abuse, alcohol use disorders, and criminal behavior, the results of this study suggest that parent-offspring transmission involves both genetic and environmental processes, with genetic factors being somewhat more important,” Kenneth S. Kendler, MD, director at the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, and colleagues wrote.

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