Overcoming Children’s Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders, Part 3: The effect of the environment

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How the environment, including parenting, siblings and peers, affects the development of externalizing disorders in children

About this course

In Part 3 of this webinar course, Overcoming Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders, you’ll learn how environmental factors — from parenting to siblings to the child’s friends — interact with genetic endowment to promote or inhibit externalizing disorders. Research shows that some parenting approaches, such as harsh discipline, may contribute to the development of disorder, rather than prevent it. Dr. Liane Leedom discusses practical considerations in parenting education.

Highlights of Part 3

  • How parenting and other childhood experiences increase or decrease an at-risk child’s development of externalizing disorders.
  • How exposure to a psychopathic parent creates risks for children.
  • How a child’s siblings, peers and boyfriends or girlfriends may influence the development of externalizing disorders.

 About the instructor

Liane J. Leedom, M.D., is a psychiatrist and an associate professor of counseling and psychology at the University of Bridgeport. She is author of Just Like His Father? A Guide to Overcoming Your Child’s Genetic Connection to Antisocial Behavior, Addiction and ADHD, and Women Who Love Psychopaths: Investigating the Relationships of Inevitable Harm. She is also author of multiple peer-reviewed studies, including The Problem of Parental Psychopathy, and Did He Ever Love Me? A Qualitative Study of Life with a Psychopathic Husband.

In addition to her university research and teaching, Dr. Leedom is currently in private practice as a psychiatrist. She trained in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She previously served on the medical staff of several Connecticut facilities, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, the Hospital of St. Raphael and the Center for Optimum Care.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is only $25 for 60 minutes of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can view it as often as you want. There is no expiration date.

This four-part series offers 4 hours of continuing education credit for mental health professionals. All 4 parts must be completed to receive credit. For more information on credits, click here.

Mental health professionals who complete 8 Lovefraud CE credits are eligible for a free 12-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

No commercial support was provided to Lovefraud Continuing Education or the instructor for this program.

Learning objectives

This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:

  1. Discuss environmental factors that influence the development of the externalizing phenotype in children and young adults.
  2. Explain the interaction between genetic and environmental effects in the development of externalizing disorders in children and young adults. Explain how parenting behavior influences the development of externalizing disorders in at-risk children and young adults.
  3. Discuss how genes affect the choices that at-risk children and young adults make in affiliating with peers, and how those choices impact the development of externalizing disorders.
  4. Assess environmental and genetic risk in at-risk children.

Program Agenda

 Instruction — 55 minutes

  • Prevention of externalizing disorders – what should clients know?
  • What about environment?
    • Non-shared environment
    • Documented gene-environment effects
  • Exposure to the psychopathic parent: risks to children
    • Documented gene-environment effects: time spent with antisocial fathers
    • Maternal gene-environment effects
  • Parenting variables associated with externalizing disorders
    • Harsh discipline or authoritarian parenting
    • Lack of warmth vs. warmth
    • Attachment to parent or relationship quality
    • Neglect and low monitoring
    • Discipline and delinquency
    • Abuse and risk
  • Parenting education: Practical considerations
    • Children with externalizing disorders evoke negative parenting
  • Evocative gene-environment interactions
    • Antisocial peers
    • Antisocial siblings
    • Assortative mating
  • Parenting while recovering from trauma

 Questions and answers —5 minutes

When a child has inherited a genetic risk for externalizing disorders, the child’s environment — including parents, siblings and friends — may determine whether or not these disorders actually develop. In this course, learn how to assess the genetic and environmental risk that these children face.

Risks and Limitations

  • The accuracy and utility of the statements included in this presentation are based on referenced materials from reliable sources that are accessible and obtainable by all.
  • The limitation of the content presented herein is that the results of execution have not been measured, therefore, expectation of outcome is not predictable.
  • It is presumed that professionals executing the guidelines presented herein will apply such holding to the precise standards of their professional code of ethics, to reduce risk of ethical violations. As in all therapeutic interventions that may provoke emotional triggering, the professional may be required to perform risk assessment for suicidality, homicidality or other incident requiring emergency psychiatric services.

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