A genetically informed study of the processes underlying the association between parental marital instability and offspring adjustment

Donofrio, Brian M., Turkheimer, Eric, Emery, Robert E., Slutske, Wendy S., Heath, Andrew C., Madden, Pamela A. and Martin, Nicholas G. (2006) A genetically informed study of the processes underlying the association between parental marital instability and offspring adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 42 3: 486-499.


Author Donofrio, Brian M.
Turkheimer, Eric
Emery, Robert E.
Slutske, Wendy S.
Heath, Andrew C.
Madden, Pamela A.
Martin, Nicholas G.
Title A genetically informed study of the processes underlying the association between parental marital instability and offspring adjustment
Journal name Developmental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0012-1649
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/0012-1649.42.3.486
Volume 42
Issue 3
Start page 486
End page 499
Total pages 14
Editor C. G. Coll
Place of publication Washington, U.S.A.
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321011 Medical Genetics
730218 Social structure and health
Abstract Parental divorce is associated with problematic offspring adjustment, but the relation may be due to shared genetic or environmental factors. One way to test for these confounds is to study offspring of twins discordant for divorce. The current analyses used this design to separate the mechanisms responsible for the association between parental divorce, experienced either before or after the age of 16, and offspring well-being. The results were consistent with a causal role of divorce in earlier initiation of sexual intercourse and emotional difficulties, in addition to a greater probability of educational problems, depressed mood, and suicidal ideation. In contrast, the increased risk for cohabitation and earlier initiation of drug use was explained by selection factors, including genetic confounds.
Keyword Psychology, Developmental
Divorce
Children Of Twins
Education
Substance Use
Cohabitation
Genotype-environment Interaction
Childrens Adjustment
Alcohol Dependence
Conduct Disorder
Twins Design
Risk
Transitions
Childhood
Adulthood
Q-Index Code C1

 
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