Behavior Genetics

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 261–280

Family resemblances in personality

  • Frank M. Ahern
  • Ronald C. Johnson
  • James R. Wilson
  • Gerald E. McClearn
  • Steven G. Vandenberg
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01067847

Cite this article as:
Ahern, F.M., Johnson, R.C., Wilson, J.R. et al. Behav Genet (1982) 12: 261. doi:10.1007/BF01067847

Abstract

Parent-offspring regressions, sibling correlations, and other measures of family resemblance in personality were computed for 54 personality traits, assessed by several psychometric personality tests as part of the Hawaii Family Study of Cognition. Considering all scales, the results suggest that a small familial/heritable component exists with regard to individual differences in personality, but did not demonstrate that some domains of personality are more familial or heritable than others.

Key Words

personalityfamily resemblancesdifferential familiality

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank M. Ahern
    • 1
  • Ronald C. Johnson
    • 1
  • James R. Wilson
    • 2
  • Gerald E. McClearn
    • 3
  • Steven G. Vandenberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Behavioral Biology LaboratoryUniversity of HawaiiHonolulu
  2. 2.Institute for Behavioral GeneticsUniversity of ColoradoBoulder, Boulder
  3. 3.Institute for the Study of Human DevelopmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park