Family resemblances in personality

Frank M. Ahern, Ronald C. Johnson, James R. Wilson, Gerald E. McClearn, Steven G. Vandenberg

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Parent-offspring regressions, sibling correlations, and other measures of family resemblance in personality were computed for 54 personality traits, assessed by several psychometric personality tests as part of the Hawaii Family Study of Cognition. Considering all scales, the results suggest that a small familial/heritable component exists with regard to individual differences in personality, but did not demonstrate that some domains of personality are more familial or heritable than others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-280
Number of pages20
JournalBehavior Genetics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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