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Behavior Genetics

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 261-280

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Family resemblances in personality

  • Frank M. AhernAffiliated withBehavioral Biology Laboratory, University of Hawaii
  • , Ronald C. JohnsonAffiliated withBehavioral Biology Laboratory, University of Hawaii
  • , James R. WilsonAffiliated withInstitute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado
  • , Gerald E. McClearnAffiliated withInstitute for the Study of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • , Steven G. VandenbergAffiliated withInstitute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado

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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

personality family resemblances differential familiality