Mates and marriage matter: genetic and environmental influences on subjective wellbeing across marital status.

@article{Nes2010MatesAM,
  title={Mates and marriage matter: genetic and environmental influences on subjective wellbeing across marital status.},
  author={Ragnhild Bang Nes and Espen R\oysamb and Jennifer Ruth Harris and Nikolai Olavi Czajkowski and Kristian Tambs},
  journal={Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies},
  year={2010},
  volume={13 4},
  pages={312-21}
}
Specific environments and social relationships may alter the impact of genes. Previous studies have shown marriage to moderate heritability for depressive symptoms in females, suggesting that marriage provides protection or compensation against genetic risks. Similar mechanisms may be relevant for subjective wellbeing (SWB), which is considerably influenced by genes and almost universally associated with marital status. Questionnaire data on SWB from a population-based sample of 1250… CONTINUE READING

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