Behavioral genetic findings continue to call into question the dominant role of parental influence. Utilizing a sample of twins from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), we assess the association between parenting behaviors and child self-control, delinquent peer formation, and delinquency. Our results indicate that genetic influences and non-shared environmental influences account for variation in these outcomes. We discuss these findings as they relate to theorizing about the role and function of parenting in the etiology of unique traits and behaviors.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine