The Longitudinal Israeli Study of Twins (LIST) Reaches Adolescence: Genetic and Environmental Pathways to Social, Personality and Moral Development

Dana Vertsberger, Lior Abramson, Ariel Knafo-Noam*

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Abstract

The Longitudinal Israeli Study of Twins (LIST) focuses on the developmental, genetic and environmental contributions to individual differences in children's and adolescents' social behavior. Key variables have been empathy, prosocial behavior, temperament and values. Another major goal of LIST has been to study gene-environment correlations, mainly concerning parenting. LIST includes 1657 families of Hebrew-speaking Israeli twins who have participated at least once in the study. Children's environment and their development are assessed in a multivariate, multimethod fashion, including observed, parent-reported and self-reported data. The current article summarizes and updates recent findings from LIST. For example, LIST provided evidence for the heritability of human values with the youngest sample to date, and the first genetic investigation of adolescents' identity formation. Finally, future aims of LIST are discussed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)567-571
Number of pages5
JournalTwin Research and Human Genetics
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019

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Keywords

  • LIST
  • behavioral genetics
  • empathy
  • gene-environment correlation
  • parenting
  • prosocial behavior
  • temperament
  • twin relationships
  • values

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