Journal article

Understanding familial liability for emotion regulation difficulties in bipolar disorder

Tamsyn E Van Rheenen, Kamilla Miskowiak, James Karantonis, Lisa S Furlong, Greg Murray, Susan L Rossell



BACKGROUND: There has been relatively limited work focused on understanding whether relatives of individuals with bipolar disorder (BD) have difficulties in the regulation of emotion, particularly in relation to perceptions about whether emotions can be effectively regulated, or trait behaviours that acknowledge emotions as self-regulators themselves. In this study, we assessed the presence and extent of difficulties in these dimensions of emotion regulation in individuals with BD compared to unaffected first-degree biological relatives (FDR) for the first time. METHODS: In total, 161 participants, including euthymic individuals with BD, unaffected FDRs, and healthy controls, were compared o..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Senior Fellowship

Awarded by Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the participants who took the time and effort to take part in the studies that generated the data used in this paper. TVR (GNT1088785) was supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, SLR was supported by an NHMRC Senior Fellowship (GNT1154651). JK was supported by Swinburne University/ postgraduate scholarship and LF was supported by an Australian Rotary Health/Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund postgraduate scholarship. KWM was supported by a Lundbeck Foundation Fellowship (R215-2015-4121). The authors would also like to acknowledge project-specific financial support of the Jack Brockhoff Foundation, University of Melbourne, Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation, Rebecca L Cooper Foundation and the Society of Mental Health Research.