Infancy to Early Childhood: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Developmental Change

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This is the first complete publication from the MacArthur
Longitudinal Twin Study (MALTS)--the most ambitious and comprehensive longitudinal twin study to date. It offers an original theoretical framework that explains how change occurs in different domains and how genetics and the environment influence those changes. This rigorous study will set the agenda for developmental psychology and behavioral genetics for decades to come.
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Overview

This is the first complete publication from the MacArthur
Longitudinal Twin Study (MALTS)--the most ambitious and comprehensive longitudinal twin study to date. It offers an original theoretical framework that explains how change occurs in different domains and how genetics and the environment influence those changes. This rigorous study will set the agenda for developmental psychology and behavioral genetics for decades to come.
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"The first published volume resulting from the MacArthur Longitudinal Twin Study, a collaboration of developmental scientists and behavioral geneticists. They offer an original theoretical framework explaining how changes occur in different domains, and how genetics and the environment influence those changes. Among their findings are that development is multifaceted, genetic and environmental influences vary in magnitude and type depending on the behavior, and genetic factors largely account for continuity while non-shared environmental factors account for change."—SciTech Book News

"In this first volume resulting from the MacArthur Longitudinal Twin Study (MLTS), Emde and Hewitt adeptly organized reams of data comparing genetic and environmental influences on developmental changes into six parts and 25 succinct chapters. . .Despite the many contributors to this work (most respected in the field) and the highly technical nature of some of the analyses, the book is a superb illustration of how sound research is conducted and written about. Graduate students through professionals."—CHOICE

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The first published volume resulting from the MacArthur Longitudinal Twin Study, a collaboration of developmental scientists and behavioral geneticists. They offer an original theoretical framework explaining how changes occur in different domains, and how genetics and the environment influence those changes. Among their findings are that development is multifaceted, genetic and environmental influences vary in magnitude and type depending on the behavior, and genetic factors largely account for continuity while non-shared environmental factors account for change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195130126
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 414
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver

University of Colorado, Boulder

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Part I. Introduction
1. The Dynamics of Development in a Unique Multidisciplinary Collaboration, Robert N. Emde
2. The Twin Method: What We Can Learn from a Longitudinal Study, John K. Hewitt et al
3. The Conduct of the Study: sample and Procedures, Joann L. Robinson et al
Part II. Temperament
4. The Structure of Teperament, Jerome Kagan
5. Extremes Analyses of Observed Teperament Dimensions, Beth Manke et al
6. Parental Ratings of Teperament in Twins, Kimberly J. Saudino and Stacey S. Cherny
7. Sources of Continuity and Change in Observed Temperament, Kimberly J. Saudino and Stacey S. Cherny
8. Behavioral inhibition and Related Temperaments, Jerome Kagan and Kimberly J. Saudino
Part III Emotion
9. Emotional Development in the Twin Study, Joan L. Robinson and Robert N. Emde
10. Reactions to Restraint and Anger-Related Expressions during the Second Year, Robert N. Emde et al
11. Empathy and Prosocial Patterns in Young MZ and DZ Twins: Development and Genetic and Environmental Influences, Carolyn Zahn-Waxler et al
12. Dispositional Cheerfulness: Early Genetic and Environmental Influences, Joann L. Robinson et al
Part IV Cognition
13. Cognition Development, Congiative Abilities, and Modularity, David W. Fulker and Robert Plomin
14. Experimental Assessment of Specific Cognitive Abilities during the Second Year of Life, Steven M. Wilson et al
15. Continuity and Change in General Cognitive Ability from 14 to 36 Months, Stacey S. Cherny et al
16. Language and Cognition, Susan Young et al
Part V. Environmental Contributions and Cross-Domain Integrations
17. Context and Specificity of Individual Differences and Their Origins, Robert N. Emde
18. Mothers' Perceptions of Differential Treatment of Infat Twins, Shirly McGuire and Anne-Catherine Roch-Levecq
19. Relationship Context as a Moderator of Sources of Individual Differences in Empathic Development, Joann L. Robinson
20. The Development of Observed Shyness from 14 to 20 Months: Shyness in Context, Stacey S. Cherny
21. Perinatal Effects on General Cognitive Ability, Weight, Height and Temperament, Charles Martin and Scott Hershberger
22. Height, Weight, and Body Mass Index, Marcie L. Chambers et al
23. Temperament, Mental Development, and Language in the Transition from Infancy to Early Childhood, Lorraine F. Kubicek
24. Early Predictors of Problem Behavior at Age Four, Stephanie Schmitz et al
Part VI Major Themes and Conclusions
25. An Experiment in Collaborative Science, Robert Plomin et al
Index

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