Existing research indicates that family functioning plays a significant role in the development and outcomes of bipolar spectrum disorders (BSDs). Positive family cohesion and adaptability have been associated with better outcomes for individuals with BSDs. On the other hand, studies have also shown that the presence of bipolar disorder can negatively impact family cohesion and adaptability. While this suggests a bidirectional relationship, previous studies have focused on only one direction, either the effects of family dynamics on subsequent BSDs or vice versa. Identifying which factor has a stronger impact can contribute to more effective interventions for individuals with bipolar disorders. Therefore, Hanjoo Kim, Ph.D. and Frances Adiukwu, M.D. will conduct a study analyzing the temporal relationship between family dynamics and BSDs, using longitudinal data from the Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder. Monthly measurements of family dynamics and bipolar disorder symptoms will be examined using Random Intercept Cross-lagged Panel Modeling (RI-CLPM).
To learn more about participating in the Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder, please contact a research associate at 1-877-UM GENES (1-877-864-3637) or [email protected]. The Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder is approved by IRBMED HUM00000606.