Date of Award
Honors College Thesis
Bradley Green, Ph.D.
The current study examined genetic and environmental influences in relation to alcohol use pathology. The 756 participants (378 adoptive, 378 non-adoptive) came from the 2001-2002 NESARC conducted by the NIAAA. A factorial ANOVA was used to measure the effects that the three grouping variables had on each dependent variable for a total of seven datasets. Results showed that biological parents’ drinking did pose a risk in participants for Loss of Control (p = .000) and Dangerous Behavior (p = .00). Adoption status was correlated with Conduct Disorder (p = .007) and Antisocial Personality Disorder (p = .014). This suggests that genetic influences have a bigger impact on alcohol use pathology than environmental ones. Adoption status could be an indicator for CD and ASPD.
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Gill, Jaylee R., "The Separate and Combined Effects of Heredity and Environment Predicting Alcohol Use Disorder Symptoms and Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms" (2013). Honors Theses. 198.