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A Behavior Genetic Study of the Connection Between Social Values and Personality

Schermer, Julie Aitken, Vernon, Philip A., Maio, Gregory Richard ORCID: and Jang, Kerry L. 2011. A Behavior Genetic Study of the Connection Between Social Values and Personality. Twin Research and Human Genetics 14 (3) , pp. 233-239. 10.1375/twin.14.3.233

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The present research examined the extent to which relations between social values and personality are due to shared genetic or environmental factors. Using the Rokeach (1973) Value Survey and a scoring key from Schwartz and Bilsky (1990), seven value scores (enjoyment, achievement, self-direction, maturity, prosocial, security, and restrictive conformity) were derived in a sample of twins. As expected, all of the value scales were found to have a significant genetic component, with values ranging from 36% for enjoyment to 63% for prosocial, and there were numerous significant phenotypic correlations found between the value scales and personality scores. Most important, bivariate genetic analyses revealed that some of these phenotypic correlations could be attributed to common genetic or environmental factors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Uncontrolled Keywords: values; genetics; twins
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 25/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1832-4274
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 11:17

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