Assessing Genetic Influences on Behavior: Informant and Context Dependency as Illustrated by the Analysis of Attention Problems

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Assessment of genetic influences on behavior depends on context, informants, and study design: We show (analytically) that, conditional on study design, informant specific genetic variance is included in the genetic variance component or in the environmental variance component. To aid the explanation, we present an illustrative empirical analysis of data from the Netherlands Twin Register. Subjects included 1,571 monozygotic and 2,672 dizygotic 12-year-old twin pairs whose attention problems (AP) were rated by their parents, teachers, and themselves. Heritability estimates (h
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-336
Number of pages11
JournalBehavior Genetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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