Genetic moderation of sensitivity to positive and negative affect in marriage.

  title={Genetic moderation of sensitivity to positive and negative affect in marriage.},
  author={Dominik Schoebi and Baldwin M. Way and Benjamin R. Karney and Thomas N. Bradbury},
  volume={12 2},
Hypothesizing that genetic factors partially govern sensitivity to interpersonal cues, we examined whether a polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) in the serotonin transporter gene would moderate spouses' sensitivity to positive and negative partner affect. Before and after marital discussions, participants from 76 couples (total n = 150) reported their affective states. Spouses carrying the short allele of the 5-HTTLPR were more responsive to their partner's preinteraction positive affect and anxiety… CONTINUE READING
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