Intergenerational links between psychiatric disorder in mothers and daughters: the role of parenting experiences

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1990 Nov;31(7):1115-29. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1990.tb00850.x.


An intergenerational community study in Islington, north London, has considered psychiatric disorder in mothers and their adolescent and early adult daughters and the role of parenting in any link between the two. The results indicate that daughters are more likely to have disorders at a case level when their mothers have chronic or recurrent episodes of disorder at this level. Such conditions in the mother relate to the daughters' reports of adverse family experience involving maternal antipathy and neglect and physical and sexual abuse, most usually at the hands of a father or stepfather. These adverse experiences are associated with disorder in daughters independently of any disorder in the mother.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology*
  • Child Abuse / psychology
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Child of Impaired Parents / psychology*
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Mother-Child Relations*
  • Personality Development