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Child’s genes affect how they are parented

| | September 5, 2013
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A child’s genes significantly affect how they are parented, a new study shows. Published in Personality and Social Psychology Review, the report estimates that 23 percent of differences in parenting are due to a child’s genetics.

The researchers hypothesized that If parents treated identical twins, who share 100 percent of their genes, more similarly than non-identical twins, who share an average of 50 percent of their genes, any differences in parenting could then be attributed to these genetic differences. In all, the team examined 32 studies involving a total of 14,600 pairs of twins. Based on the results, the researchers determined that children’s genetic differences evoke different responses from their environment.

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