Spinath, F. M. & O’Connor, T. G (im Druck). A behavioral genetic study of the overlap between personality and parenting. Journal of Personality.
The current study had
three aims. The first was to
examine the covariation between personality of parents and parenting behaviors.
The second aim was to examine the genetic and environmental influences on
parenting behaviors. The third aim was to examine the extent to which the
association between personality and parenting was mediated by genetic and
environmental factors. Personality
(Five Factor Model, NEO-FFI) and parenting data were collected as part of a
larger German study of 300 adult twin pairs (GOSAT).
The current paper analyses data on a subset of the 300 twin pairs from
the GOSAT sample who were concordant for having children (n=98 pairs or 196
individuals). Results indicated
modest overlap between personality and parenting.
In addition, univariate behavioral genetic analyses indicated moderate
genetic influence on select parenting dimensions. Results also indicated that the moderate phenotypic
covariation between personality and parenting was attributed largely to
non-genetic factors. Implications
of the findings for research on parenting and personality are considered.
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