Familial aggregation of anxiety-related quantitative traits in generalized social phobia: clues to understanding "disorder" heritability?

@article{Stein2001FamilialAO,
  title={Familial aggregation of anxiety-related quantitative traits in generalized social phobia: clues to understanding "disorder" heritability?},
  author={Murray B. Stein and Mariette Jeanne Chartier and M V Lizak and Kerry Jang},
  journal={American journal of medical genetics},
  year={2001},
  volume={105 1},
  pages={79-83}
}
Social phobia, particularly the generalized form, is strongly familial. Given the probable continuity from extremes of normative personality (e.g., shyness) to social phobia to personality disorder (e.g., avoidant personality disorder), it is unlikely that social phobia itself, at the level of an Axis I disorder, is transmitted. Rather, it seems more parsimonious, and in keeping with current notions about the structure and heritability of mental disorders, that one or more temperamental risk… CONTINUE READING