Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
September 14, 2008

Depressed mothers can increase the risk of depression in their children, even if they are adopted. Commenting on this recent study finding, Dr. John Markowitz of Columbia University Medical Center said the study “bolsters the evidence that maternal, more than paternal, depression meaningfully affects children through home life, not just heritability.”

Other studies like that of Dr. Myrna Weissman, Director of the Division of Epidemiology at Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, have shown the role of family environment on children of biological parents.

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