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The Relationship Code


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Foreword Preface Reader's Guide 1. Introduction: Reconciling Social and Genetic Influences on Adolescent Development Part I: Logical Tools for Analyzing Adolescent Development 2. Relationships and Adolescent Development 3. Genetic Influences on Development 4. Genetic Analysis of Adolescent Development 5. Studying Adolescent Siblings and Their Families Part II: Genes and Relationships: Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis 6. Thesis I: A Theory of Adolescents' Shared and Nonshared Family Relationships 7. Thesis II: Major Findings on Adolescents' Family Relationships 8. Antithesis I: Influences on Stability and Change in Adolescent Adjustment 9. Antithesis II: Influences on Stability and Change in Adolescents' Families 10. Antithesis III: Linking Family Relationships and Adolescent Development 11. Synthesis I: Genetic Influences on Change in Family Relationships and Adolescent Development 12. Synthesis II: The Relationship Code 13. Synthesis III: Genetically Informed Portrayals of Adolescents and Their Families 14. Epilogue: The Family Appendix A: Explanation of Methods for Data Presented in Chapters 8 through 13 Appendix B: Explanation of Results Appendix C: Additional Genetic Analyses Glossary References Index of Tables and Figures General Index

About the Author

David Reiss is Vivian Gill Distinguished Research Professor at George Washington University Medical Center. Jenae Neiderhiser is Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University Medical Center. E. Mavis Hetherington is James M. Page Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Robert Plomin is Professor of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.


This book is of fundamental importance in biobehavioral sciences. The authors, all distinguished research scientists with years of experience with genetic and social studies, advance the nature-nurture debate... They present a uniquely new view of genetic influences, namely, the genetic tendencies for certain beneficial styles and personality are influenced significantly by patterns of relationships. -- James M. Toolan, M.D. * American Journal of Psychotherapy *
The Relationship Code is a sophisticated blast of fresh air into what has become a stale and stuffy atmosphere of polarized rhetoric about the extent to which we are products of our genes or our environment... The conceptual model proposed by the authors...is light years ahead of most nature-nurture discussions in its recognition of the complex ways in which genetic and environmental influences play out over time... Rather than viewing genes and environment as independent factors, the authors view these forces as interdependent influences that respond to, anticipate, and influence each other as they unfold over time. -- Laurence Steinberg * Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books *
In the view of Reiss et al., family process...plays an integral role in the expression of a child's genetic endowment... The Relationship Code epitomizes the very best in family research. [It] is likely to become a classic in family research and adolescent development. It is must reading for anyone interested in understanding the myriad ways that families shape the development of their children or in working with families to promote healthy relationships. -- Kevin Fiscella * Families, Systems, & Health *
The genius of The Relationship Code is that it provides a conceptually solid, data-driven account of how genetics and environment work hand in glove in the process of human development. -- Harold D. Grotevant * Perspectives in Biology and Medicine *
The result of this Herculean effort was a study complex in design and execution that yielded a mass of data... Reiss's goal in this book is to leave no stone unturned in the effort to demonstrate the complex interplay of heritable, maturational, and social factors in shaping adolescent development...the results are rewarding-and Reiss takes great pains to help the reader to understand the findings emerging from the use of this sophisticated research design, integrating behavioral genetic approaches with those of family study and developmental psychology of adolescence... Without question, Reiss and his colleagues succeed in demonstrating the impact of ever-changing heritable influences on offspring personality on relationships with the family...this book makes it quite clear that both clinicians and family researchers must recognize the importance of examining heritable factors as intertwined with life experiences in understanding family ties across the course of life. -- Bertram J. Cohler * Social Service Review *

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