Oxytocin receptor (OXTR) and serotonin transporter (5-HTT) genes associated with observed parenting.

  title={Oxytocin receptor (OXTR) and serotonin transporter (5-HTT) genes associated with observed parenting.},
  author={Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg and Marinus H. van Ijzendoorn},
  journal={Social cognitive and affective neuroscience},
  volume={3 2},
Both oxytocin and serotonin modulate affiliative responses to partners and offspring. Animal studies suggest a crucial role of oxytocin in mammalian parturition and lactation but also in parenting and social interactions with offspring. The serotonergic system may also be important through its influence on mood and the release of oxytocin. We examined the role of serotonin transporter (5-HTT) and oxytocin receptor (OXTR) genes in explaining differences in sensitive parenting in a community… CONTINUE READING
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