Education is important, but genetics would also have a significant influence on the character of children.
Genetics would influence the character more than previously thought, according to a new study published in the journal Behavior Genetics. It would be at least as important as education.
"Most people assume that parenting shapes the character of children in entirely environmental ways, but our results suggest that there are also hereditary influences," the authors of the study say. "That's not to say that if parents are conscientious, their children will be conscientious, no matter how high they are, but it does mean that every child tends to behave in a particular way and that it does not matter. not ignore it, "they add.
Multiple degrees of relationship
The team worked with 720 pairs of siblings with different degrees of kinship. For example, they could be twins who grew up together in the same environment, or step-brothers and step-sisters without common genetic material, but who grew up under the same roof.
"The inclusion of multiple degrees of kinship unravels the genetic influences of the common environment," says trial director Amanda Ramos. Conclusion: Behavioral similarities were highest among siblings with the same genetic background AND having been raised together. "These findings highlight the contributions of hereditary influences to the associations between parenting and character that were previously thought to be influenced only by the environment, highlighting the complexity of the mechanisms involved in character development," concludes the text.
Three Identical Strangers
Last year, the release of the documentary Three Identical Strangers revived the debate "nature" against "education". The film presents a controversial study conducted in the 1960s, which separated triplets at the age of six months to see if they evolved differently.