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    Genetic moderation of early child-care effects on social functioning across childhood: a developmental analysis

    Belsky, Jay and Pluess, Michael (2013) Genetic moderation of early child-care effects on social functioning across childhood: a developmental analysis. Child Development 84 (4), pp. 1209-1225. ISSN 0009-3920.

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    Abstract

    Data from 508 Caucasian children in the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development shows that the DRD4 (but not 5-HTTLPR) polymorphism moderates the effect of child-care quality (but not quantity or type) on caregiver-reported externalizing problems at 54 months and in kindergarten and teacher-reported social skills at kindergarten and first grade—but not thereafter. Only children carrying the 7-repeat allele proved susceptible to quality-of-care effects. The behavior–problem interactions proved more consistent with diathesis-stress than differential-susceptibility thinking, whereas the reverse was true of the social-skills' results. Finally, the discerned Gene × Environment interactions did not account for previously reported parallel ones involving difficult temperament in infancy.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 11:54
    Last Modified: 12 Feb 2014 17:06
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6164

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