Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 189–199 | Cite as

A twin study of specific behavioral problems of socialization as viewed by parents

  • Michael O'Connor
  • Terryl Foch
  • Todd Sherry
  • Robert Plomin


Our study focused on the etiology of specific behavioral problems rather than on a global syndrome such as hyperactivity. As a first step in studying specific behavioral problems, we revised the Conners (1970) Parent Symptom Rating questionnaire to improve its factor structure. Our revised instrument and the testretest reliabilities of its 12 scales are described. A classical twin analysis comparing intraclass correlations for 54 pairs of identical twins and 33 pairs of same-sex fraternal twins indicated substantial genetic influence on behavioral problems in schoolaged children.


Factor Structure Intraclass Correlation Schoolaged Child Behavioral Problem Genetic Influence 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael O'Connor
    • 1
  • Terryl Foch
    • 1
  • Todd Sherry
    • 1
  • Robert Plomin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulder

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