Gene-Environment Interplay in Interpersonal Relationships across the Lifespan

  • Briana N. Horwitz
  • Jenae M. Neiderhiser

Part of the Advances in Behavior Genetics book series (AIBG, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jeffrey Henry, Michel Boivin, George Tarabulsy
    Pages 13-55
  3. Alison Pike, Bonamy R. Oliver
    Pages 57-81
  4. Shirley McGuire, Meenakshi Palaniappan, Taryn Larribas
    Pages 83-95
  5. Nan Chen, Kirby Deater-Deckard
    Pages 131-150
  6. Erica L. Spotts, Jody M. Ganiban
    Pages 171-202
  7. Carol E. Franz, Ruth Murray McKenzie, Ana Ramundo, Eric Landrum, Afrand Shahroudi
    Pages 203-239
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 275-281

About this book


Intriguing new findings on how genes and environments work together through different stages of life take the spotlight in this significant collection. Studies from infancy to late adulthood show both forces as shaping individuals' relationships within family and non-family contexts, and examine how these relationships, in turn, continue to shape the individual. Transitional periods, in which individuals become more autonomous and relationships and personal identities become more complicated, receive special emphasis. In addition, chapters shed light on the extent to which the quantity and quality of genetic and environmental influence may shift across and even within life stages.


Included in the coverage:


  • Gene-environment interplay in parenting young children.
  • The sibling relationship as a source of shared environment.
  • Gene-environment transactions in childhood and adolescent problematic peer relationships.
  • Toward a developmentally sensitive and genetically informed perspective on popularity.
  • Spouse, parent, and co-worker: roles and relationships in adulthood.
  • The family system as a unit of clinical care: the role of genetic systems.


Behavioral geneticists, clinical psychologists, and family therapists will find in Gene-Environment Interplay in Interpersonal Relationships across the Lifespan a window into current thinking on the subject, new perspectives for understanding clients and cases, and ideas for further study.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Briana N. Horwitz
    • 1
  • Jenae M. Neiderhiser
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of PsychologyCalifornia State UniversityFullertonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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