Relationship Code

Relationship Code

by Jenae Neiderhiser, Robert Plomin, E. Mavis Hetherington, Jenae M. Neiderhiser
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674011260

ISBN-13: 9780674011267

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The Relationship Code is the report of a longitudinal study, conducted over a ten-year period, of the influence of family relationships and genetic factors on competence and psychopathology in adolescent development. The sample for this landmark study included 720 pairs of same-sex adolescent siblings--including twins, half siblings, and genetically

Overview

The Relationship Code is the report of a longitudinal study, conducted over a ten-year period, of the influence of family relationships and genetic factors on competence and psychopathology in adolescent development. The sample for this landmark study included 720 pairs of same-sex adolescent siblings--including twins, half siblings, and genetically unrelated siblings--and their parents.

Using a clear expressive style, David Reiss and his coinvestigators identify specific mechanisms that link genetic factors and the social environment in psychological development. They propose a striking hypothesis: family relationships are crucial to the expression of genetic influences on a broad array of complex behaviors in adolescents. Moreover, this role of family relationships may be very specific: some genetic factors are linked to mother-child relationships, others to father-child relations, some to relationship warmth, while others are linked to relationship conflict or control. The specificity of these links suggests that family relationships may constitute a code for translating genetic influences into the ontogeny of behaviors, a code every bit as important for behavior as DNA-RNA.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674011267
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
Adolescent Lives Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Reader's Guide

1. Introduction: Reconciling Social and Genetic Influences on Adolescent Development

Part I: Logical Tools for Analyzing Adolescent Development

2. Relationships and Adolescent Development

3. Genetic Influences on Development

4. Genetic Analysis of Adolescent Development

5. Studying Adolescent Siblings and Their Families

Part II: Genes and Relationships: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis

6. Thesis I: A Theory of Adolescents' Shared and Nonshared Family Relationships

7. Thesis II: Major Findings on Adolescents' Family Relationships

8. Antithesis I: Influences on Stability and Change in Adolescent Adjustment

9. Antithesis II: Influences on Stability and Change in Adolescents' Families

10. Antithesis III: Linking Family Relationships and Adolescent Development

11. Synthesis I: Genetic Influences on Change in Family Relationships and Adolescent Development

12. Synthesis II: The Relationship Code

13. Synthesis III: Genetically Informed Portrayals of Adolescents and Their Families

14. Epilogue: The Family

Appendix A: Explanation of Methods for Data Presented in Chapters 8 through 13

Appendix B: Explanation of Results

Appendix C: Additional Genetic Analyses

Glossary

References

Index of Tables and Figures

General Index

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