ERIC Number: EJ768674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 58
A Genetically Informed Study of the Intergenerational Transmission of Marital Instability
D'Onofrio, Brian M.; Turkheimer, Eric; Emery, Robert E.; Harden, K. Paige; Slutske, Wendy S.; Heath, Andrew C.; Madden, Pamela A. F.; Martin, Nicholas G.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n3 p793-809 Aug 2007
Environmental or genetic influences, or both could account for the increased risk of divorce among the offspring of separated parents. Previous studies have used covariates to statistically control for confounds, but the present research is the first genetically informed study of the topic. The investigation used the Children of Twins Design with twins, their spouses, and their young adult offspring (n = 2,310) from the Australian Twin Registry to test whether selection on the basis of genetic or shared environment factors accounted for part of the intergenerational association. The analyses also controlled for measured characteristics of both parents. The results suggest that both environmentally mediated and genetic risk account for the intergenerational transmission, supporting the roles of both selection and causation.
Descriptors: Marital Instability, Genetics, Divorce, Twins, Parents, Children, Young Adults, Nature Nurture Controversy, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Australia