Journal article

Investigating Direct Links between Depression, Emotional Control, and Physical Punishment with Adolescent Drive for Thinness and Bulimic Behaviors, Including Possible Moderation by the Serotonin Transporter 5-HTTLPR Polymorphism

Vanja Rozenblat, Joanne Ryan, Eleanor H Wertheim, Ross King, Craig A Olsson, Isabel Krug



Objectives: To examine the relationship between psychological and social factors (depression, emotional control, sexual abuse, and parental physical punishment) and adolescent drive for Thinness and Bulimic behaviors in a large community sample, and to investigate possible genetic moderation. Method: Data were drawn from the Australian Temperament Project (ATP), a population-based cohort study that has followed a representative sample of 2443 participants from infancy to adulthood across 16 waves since 1983. A subsample of 650 participants (50.2% female) of Caucasian descent who provided DNA were genotyped for a serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism (5-HTTLPR). Adolescent disordered ea..

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Awarded by Early Career Researcher Grant

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Early Career Researcher Grant (1350035), an Australian Research Council Senior Research Fellowship (DP 130101459), and the Australian Postgraduate Award. None of these institutions had any role in the study design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data, preparation of the manuscript, or decision to submit the manuscript for publication.