This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.
1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)
How much of our children’s personality traits, temperament, talents, health conditions, mental illness, and intelligence are controlled by their genes and how much by the environment we have created? What relevance does this have to adoptive parents? In this course, Dr. Matt McGue, a behavioral and quantitative geneticist and co-director of the Minnesota Twin Family Study and the Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study and Research on Adoption; and Dr. Nancy Segal, director of the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton and author of Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins and Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior discuss which traits are controlled by genetics and which by environment, and how that affects adopted families.
This course includes:
- What are the different types of twin research designed to tease out the relative influences of genetics and environment?
- In general, the research shows an interesting mix between nature, nurture, genetics, and environment on how our kids “turn out”.
- What is the impact of genetics and environment on intelligence, personality, temperament, obesity, ADHD and autism?
- What is the heritability of different types of mental illness, including bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, aggression, and alcoholism? How should this affect prospective adoptive parents evaluating an adoption referral or a potential birth mother match?
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