Parental anxiety tends to rub off on child of the same sex: study

Female children have triple the risk of an anxiety diagnosis if their mother has an anxiety disorder, research finds

Children are nearly three times more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety if a parent of the same sex, but not opposite sex, has an anxiety disorder, Canadian psychiatrists have found.

Results from their study, which is the first to document same-sex transmission of anxiety, also point to a stronger association in mother–daughter pairs compared with father–son pairs.

“Treating parents with anxiety disorders may protect their offspring, especially their same-sex offspring, from developing an anxiety disorder