Genetic Correlates of Adult Attachment Style

@article{Gillath2008GeneticCO,
  title={Genetic Correlates of Adult Attachment Style},
  author={Omri Gillath and Phillip R. Shaver and Jong-Min Baek and David S. Chun},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  year={2008},
  volume={34},
  pages={1396 - 1405}
}
Attachment theory attempts to explain effects of social experiences, not genes, on personality development. Most studies of the development of attachment insecurities support this emphasis on social experiences rather than genes, although there are exceptions. In the present study, the authors examine associations between attachment insecurities and particular genetic polymorphisms related to emotions and social behavior. They find that (a) anxious attachment is associated with a polymorphism… Expand
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