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Can kleptomania be passed down genetically?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes-sort of: Many times children pick up the habits of their parents pof other relatives through modeling. In addition ability to inhibit impulses has some heritability through a number of hypothesized avenues.In addition if a child is taught early on by parents behavior that their needs are unlikely to get met then then later on in life kleptomania becomes one of their strategies to meet thier own needs.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends: Depends on the cause. Some neuropsychiatric disorders are inherited some are acquired.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Uncertain: "The cause of kleptomania is unknown, although it may have a genetic component and may be transmitted among first-degree relatives." REF: ewww.minddisorders.com/Kau-Nu/Kleptomania.html

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