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Evidence for gene-environment interaction in the development of adolescent antisocial behavior

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Data from three adoption studies are used to test for gene-environment interaction in the development of adolescent antisocial behaviors. Results indicate significant increases in antisocial behaviors when an adoptee has both a genetic factor and an adverse environmental factor present. The increase in number of antisocial behaviors due to both genetic and environmental factors acting together is far greater than the predicted increase from either factor acting alone.

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Supported in part by the Iowa Mental Health Research Fund and the National Council on Alcoholism Grant Q568 (1977).

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Cadoret, R.J., Cain, C.A. & Crowe, R.R. Evidence for gene-environment interaction in the development of adolescent antisocial behavior. Behav Genet 13, 301–310 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01071875

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Key Words

  • adoption
  • gene-environment interaction
  • antisocial behavior