Behavior Genetics

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 447–451

Is There an Active Gene-Environment Correlation in Adolescent Drinking Behavior?

Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10519-010-9347-z

Cite this article as:
Loehlin, J.C. Behav Genet (2010) 40: 447. doi:10.1007/s10519-010-9347-z

Abstract

A scale based on alcohol-related behaviors and an item on shared friends from the National Merit Twin Study were used in an attempt to confirm the finding of Cleveland et al. (1995, J Genet Psychol 166:153–169) of gene-environment correlation in adolescents’ drinking behavior, a correlation based on the differential selection of peers. Results from samples of 490 MZ and 336 same-sex DZ pairs were consistent in direction with the hypothesis, although quantitatively modest. This consistency appeared, however, to depend entirely on the female twins in the sample.

Keywords

Alcohol use Genotype-environment correlation Shared friends Adolescence National Merit Twin Study Sex differences 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA