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Parshikova O.V. Ratio of parental Eysenck’s personality dimensions and its relation to offspring’s personality traits

Full text in Russian: Паршикова О.В. Соотношение психологических характеристик родителей и особенности этих характеристик у детей (на примере биологических свойств личности Айзенка)
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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Evolutionary theory suggests that mate choice of a phenotypically similar individual may enhance inclusive fitness of offspring. There are studies linking parental assortative mating with offspring outcome in substance abuse (alcohol abuse, smoking, obesity), in development of psychopathology and deafness. Much less attention is paid for normal psychological traits. In this article parents’ similarity in Eysenck’s personality dimensions and its influence on offspring’s traits are examined. Data of 307 two-child full families are analyzed. The obtained results show that 1) there are differences in relation between parents’ and offspring’s traits depending on the sex of a parent and birth order/age of a child; 2) there is a special influence of parents’ personality dimensions ratio and offspring’s traits. Higher extraversion is observed in children who have two parents with extraversion above average and lower neuroticism is observed in children who have mother with neuroticism below average.

Keywords: assortative mating, spouse similarity, offspring, extraversion, neuroticism


The Moscow sibling study was carried out by members of Laboratory of Ontogenesis of Individual Differences of Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education and by members of Behavioral Genetics Department of Faculty of Psychology of Lomonosov Moscow State University with the participation of students. The author expresses her deepest gratitude to the scientists who took part in the study: M.S.Egorova (project supervisor), O.S.Alekseeva, I.E.Kozlova.

The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project 12-06-00342-a "How assortative mating forms individual differences".


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Received 29 September 2014. Date of publication: 31 December 2014.

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Parshikova Oxana V. Ph.D., Senior lecturer, Department of Behavioral Genetics, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11–9, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Parshikova O.V. Ratio of parental Eysenck’s personality dimensions and its relation to offspring’s personality traits. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 38, p. 11. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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