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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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RESTREPO MEJIA, Sara Fernanda et al. Comparison of the Neurocognitive Profile of the Children of Parents with Bipolar Disorder and Controls: a Transnational Cross-Sectional Study. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2023, vol.52, n.4, pp.320-327.  Epub Mar 28, 2024. ISSN 0034-7450.


Studies that have compared the cognitive alterations of the children of parents with bipolar disorder (CPBD) versus the children of control parents (CCP), present heterogeneous results due to the studies' methodological differences, the age of the population studied, and the lack of standardisation of the measures used for the different neurocognitive domains. The objective was to compare the neurocognitive profile of CPBD versus CCP to observe if there are differences that could be proposed as possible endophenotypes of BD.


A total of 107 individuals (51 CPBD, and 56 CCP) with ages between 6 and 16 (mean, 12.2± 2.80) years of age were evaluated. Seventy-four point five percent of the CPBD group had some disorder compared to 67.9% of the CCP group. Tests such as letter-F phonemic verbal fluency, letter-S phonemic verbal fluency, overall F-A-S phonemic verbal fluency, story recall and retrieval, and Wisconsin perseverative errors showed a difference with a small effect size, but with a high degree of uncertainty.


The CPBD did not have differences in their neurocognitive profile in comparison with CCP. Both groups have a high prevalence of psychopathology, which is a factor that could explain the lack of differences in neurocognitive performance.

Keywords : Child of impaired; parents Bipolar disorder; Cognition; High risk; Endophenotypes.

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