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    The association between peer and own aggression is moderated by the BDNF Val-Met Polymorphism

    Kretschmer, T. and Vitaro, F. and Barker, Edward D. (2013) The association between peer and own aggression is moderated by the BDNF Val-Met Polymorphism. Journal of Research on Adolescence 24 (1), pp. 177-185. ISSN 1050-8392.

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    Peer antisocial behavior robustly predicts adolescents' own behavior, but not all adolescents are equally vulnerable to their peers' influence and genetic factors may confer vulnerability. This study used data of n = 3,081 adolescents from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children to examine whether brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a polymorphism that affects psychological functioning, moderates the association between affiliation with aggressive peers at age 10 and own aggression at age 15. A significant gene–environment interaction was found, where those who affiliated with aggressive peers in childhood showed increased risk of being aggressive in adolescence if they carried the BDNF met-met variant compared with val-val carriers. Our findings underline the importance of both biological and social factors for adolescent development.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 12:01
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:12


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