alexa Understanding comorbidity: a twin study of reading disability and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

Author(s): Willcutt EG, Pennington BF, Olson RK, DeFries JC

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Abstract A community sample of twins in which at least one member of each pair exhibited significant reading difficulties (99 monozygotic and 80 dizygotic pairs) or symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; 83 monozygotic and 78 dizygotic pairs) was used to test the etiology of comorbidity between reading disability (RD) and ADHD. Univariate analyses revealed moderate to high heritability for all measures of reading difficulty and ADHD. Subsequent bivariate analyses indicated that the relation between reading difficulties and inattention symptoms is primarily attributable to common genetic influences, whereas bivariate heritability estimates were not significant for hyperactivity-impulsivity and any of the reading measures. Reading difficulties and ADHD symptoms were more highly heritable if the proband met criteria for both disorders versus RD or ADHD alone, suggesting that future molecular genetic analyses of comorbid RD + ADHD may facilitate the identification of susceptibility genes for RD, ADHD, and their comorbidity. Copyright 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc. This article was published in Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals

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