Nature, Nurture, and Cognitive Development from 1 to 16 Years: A Parent-Offspring Adoption Study

  title={Nature, Nurture, and Cognitive Development from 1 to 16 Years: A Parent-Offspring Adoption Study},
  author={Robert Plomin and David W. Fulker and Robin P. Corley and John C. Defries},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={442 - 447}
Children increasingly resemble their parents in cognitive abilities from infancy through adolescence Results obtained from a 20-year longitudinal adoption study of 245 adopted children and their biological and adoptive parents, as well as 245 matched nonadoptive (control) parents and offspring, show that this increasing resemblance is due to genetic factors Adopted children resemble their adoptive parents slightly in early childhood but not at all in middle childhood or adolescence In contrast… 

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