Behavior Genetics

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 25–34

Genetic and environmental influences on early childhood behavior

  • Stephanie Schmitz
  • S. S. Cherny
  • D. W. Fulker
  • D. A. Mrazek
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01067926

Cite this article as:
Schmitz, S., Cherny, S.S., Fulker, D.W. et al. Behav Genet (1994) 24: 25. doi:10.1007/BF01067926

Abstract

The Child Behavior Checklist for Ages 2–3 (Adelbachet al., J. Abnorm. Child Psychol. 15;629–650; 1987) was completed by mothers of 229 pairs of twins (mean age=33 months). Using the two broad-band groupings of Internalizing and Externalizing described by Achenbachet al. (1987), various models to estimate genetic and environmental parameters were fitted using LISREL 7. Model-fitting results showed that the genetic components to the observed phenotypical variation were small and not necessary in the model. Influences from the shared environment, howerver, could not be dropped from the model without a deterioration in fit. Parameter estimates were not significantly different in boys and girls.

Key Words

Child Behavior Checklist for Ages 2–3twin analysisInternalizingExternalizing

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie Schmitz
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. S. Cherny
    • 1
  • D. W. Fulker
    • 1
  • D. A. Mrazek
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Behavioral GeneticsUniversity of ColoradoBoulder
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulder
  3. 3.Children's National Medical CenterWashington, DC