Nature or nurture? Its the eternal question for so many human interactions and personality traits. Now, it appears, nature may play a larger role than nurture when it comes to family relationships between adolescents and their parents.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., used data on 674 families, each with a same-sex adolescent pair, to evaluate the factors that made up the relationships and individual personalities.
They broke down adolescent/parent relationships into nine variables – six measuring adolescent adjustment and three assessing family relationships, and then further divided them into genetic and environmental components to explore the connections between them.
"Our results are consistent with the notion that there are distinct gene-based systems lying within and helping to shape family interaction systems," said lead author John C. Loehlin, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the University of Texas-Austins psychology department. "But direct evidence of this and of the details of such a process must await appropriate longitudinal studies."
"While these findings in themselves have no immediate practical implication," he continued. "But they should help guide future research into the important question of how childrens genes help shape family interaction systems."
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