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Exploring the genetic correlations of antisocial behavior and life history traits

By Jorim J. Tielbeek, J.C. Barnes, Arne Popma, Tinca Polderman, James J Lee, John R.B. Perry, Danielle Posthuma, Brian B Boutwell

Posted 02 May 2018
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/247411

Prior evolutionary theory provided reason to suspect that measures of development and reproduction would be correlated with antisocial behaviors in human and non-human species. Behavioral genetics has revealed that most quantitative traits are heritable, suggesting that these phenotypic correlations may share genetic etiologies. To date, few studies have capitalized on the advances in genome-wide analyses (GWAS) to test such predictions. We use prior GWAS (N=31,814) to estimate the genetic correlations between various measures of reproductive development and antisocial behavior. Our results revealed significant genetic correlations between antisocial behaviour and age of first birth (rg=-.64, p=.0008) and number of children ever born (rg=0.50, p=.0065).

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