The importance of nongenetic influences on romantic love styles: A Twin-Family Study

Niels G. Waller, Phillip R. Shaver

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Abstract

Research in several disciplines reveals large individual differences in orientations to romantic love, yet the origins of the differences have been unclear In this first behavior genetic study of romantic love, biometric model fitting reveals that in contrast to other personality and attitude domains, where genetic factors account for approximately 50% of the reliable variance and shared environment has little effect, individual differences in romantic love are due almost exclusively to environment Moreover, the common family environment plays a sizable role in determining love styles, a finding compatible with theories stressing the importance of family inter-actions in personality development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-274
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Science
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1994

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