Associations between dopamine and serotonin genes and job satisfaction: Preliminary evidence from the add health study

Zhaoli Song, Wendong Li, Richard D Arvey

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Abstract

Previous behavioral genetic studies have found that job satisfaction is partially heritable. We went a step further to examine particular genetic markers that may be associated with job satisfaction. Using an oversample from the National Adolescent Longitudinal Study (Add Health Study), we found 2 genetic markers, dopamine receptor gene DRD4 VNTR and serotonin transporter gene 5-HTTLPR, to be weakly but significantly associated with job satisfaction. Furthermore, we found study participants' level of pay to mediate the DRD4 and job satisfaction relationship. However, we found no evidence that self-esteem mediated the relationships between these 2 genes and job satisfaction. The study represents an initial effort to introduce a molecular genetics approach to the fields of organizational psychology and organizational behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1223-1233
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume96
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

Keywords

  • DNA
  • Dopamine
  • Job satisfaction
  • Molecular genetics
  • Serotonin

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