Gene-environment interplay in the context of romantic relationships. Journal Article uri icon



  • A growing body of research supports an important role for genetic factors on intimate, romantic relationships. In this article, we review research that has examined the interplay between genetic and environmental influences on romantic relationships and the associations between relationship outcomes and important individual differences related to relationships. We first elaborate on how behavioral genetic and molecular genetic methods can be used to understand the etiology of relationship outcomes. We then review empirical studies that have examined gene-environment correlations and gene-by-environment interactions in predicting romantic relationship outcomes (e.g., relationship formation, relationship quality and functioning, relationship dissolution) and their association with the physical health, mental health, and well-being of relationship partners.

publication date

  • February 1, 2017

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  • green

Date in CU Experts

  • August 23, 2017 4:37 AM

Full Author List

  • Whisman MA; South SC

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2352-2518

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 136

end page

  • 141


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