Choice of residential location: Chance, family influences, or genes?

Whitfield, John B., Zhu, Gu, Heath, Andrew C. and Martin, Nicholas G. (2005) Choice of residential location: Chance, family influences, or genes?. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 8 1: 22-26. doi:10.1375/twin.8.1.22

Author Whitfield, John B.
Zhu, Gu
Heath, Andrew C.
Martin, Nicholas G.
Title Choice of residential location: Chance, family influences, or genes?
Journal name Twin Research and Human Genetics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1832-4274
Publication date 2005-02-01
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1375/twin.8.1.22
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 22
End page 26
Total pages 5
Place of publication Bowen Hills, Qld., Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract The choice of where to live would appear to be determined by a combination of economic constraints and personal preferences. We have tested how far this choice is affected by the continuing effects of the environment shared within families, and genetic variation between people, using data from twin studies conducted in Australia. The addresses provided by study participants were categorized as urban, suburban and nonurban, and data were analyzed in three adult age groups. There were significant effects of both shared environment and genes, and the balance between them was affected by both sex and age. Shared environment accounted for some 50% of variation in the youngest group, but only about 10% in the oldest. As shared environmental effects decreased, additive genetic effects increased. These results have implications for internal migration of people within countries and, over the long term, for gene flow within and between populations. They may also be pertinent to the different prevalences of certain psychiatric diseases between city and country locations. Comparisons between countries with different demography are needed to confirm and further characterize these effects.
Keyword Genetics & Heredity
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Genetics & Heredity
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID AA04535
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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