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17 February 2011

Resilience gene saves kids in troubled families

Children who carry a "resilience gene" get along much better with parents who have substance abuse, mental health or criminal problems, than those without the gene, a study suggests.

Children who carry a variant of a so-called "resilience gene" get along much better with their troubled parents - those who have substance abuse, mental health or criminal problems - than those without the gene, a new study suggests.

"Part of the reason we find relationships so positive and reinforcing is there are endogenous opioids released that affect that," said Copeland, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke. "People who have that variant experience more of that reward."

 
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