Heredity and Environment in 300 Adoptive Families: The Texas Adoption Project

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This book presents the results of a thirty-five-year research project involving 300 families, each of whom adopted at least one child at birth from a Texas home for unwed mothers during the period of 1962-1970. The book weaves together information about the birth parents of the adopted children; information about the adoptive parents; and information about the children in these families.

Children adopted at birth have two sets of parents. Birth parents provide their adopted-away child with a genetic endowment, but do not participate in shaping the child's environment. Adoptive parents do not contribute genetically, but are otherwise in charge of directing the child's development. If adopted children grow up to resemble birth parents they have never seen, the clear inference is that hereditary factors have had an influence. Environmental factors are implicated whenever children resemble their adoptive parents, but not the birth parents. The Texas Adoption Project was designed to investigate the impact of genetic and environmental factors.

This unique and innovative longitudinal study is written for specialists and the educated public. An introductory guide is provided for the non-specialist reader explaining the form and statistical content of the tables. Additional technical material for specialists is contained in appendices. This important contribution to the literature on adoption will also be of interest to those interested in the relative weight of genetics and environment in human development.

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Joseph M. Horn is professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Texas, Austin. He has written in the areas of individual differences, behavior genetics, personality and education primarily in professional journals.



John C. Loehlin is professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of numerous journal articles, and several books including Computer Models of Personality, Genes and Environments in Personality Development, and Latent Variable Models.

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“[A]n important contribution to the field of psychology... I highly recommend this book for a wide audience of educated readers. It makes an important and timely contribution to our understanding of genetic and environmental influences on difference aspects of human behavior.”

– Susan L. O’Donnell, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books

“The Texas Adoption Project (TAP) was one of the most thorough and long-running efforts ever undertaken to investigaete the relative effects of environment and genes on intelligence and personality. It was a 35-year study of 300 families that had adopted children from the Methodist Mission Home of San Antonio, Texas. This slim, well-written book is the TAP’s final report. . . . Perhaps the greatest value of this study for non-specialists. . . is the clear way in which it describes how the research was carried out, and the many steps taken to ensure the most accurate results. The authors explain a host of details, whether about statistic methods or practical matters, that bring their story to life. . . . [T]he TAP was conducted with such obvious care, rigor, and dispassion that it should be convincing to all but the most crazed ideologues.”

—Thomas Jackson, American Renaissance

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