To What Extent is Religiousness Heritable?: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Existential Values and Religiousness in a Secular Society: A Twin Study

Hvidt, N. C. (Foredragsholder)

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    Med Dorte Hvidtjørn og Kaare Christensen, American Academy of Religion 2012, Paper Presentation.

    Introduction to Genetics play an important role in human behaviour, but few studies explore the genetic influence on religious behaviour. We aimed to assess the genetic and environmental influence on religiousness in a secular society. A survey based on items from the European Values Study was sent to 6707 twins, identified in the Danish Twin Registry. Twins are reared in the same environment, but while monozygotic twins share all their genes, dizygotic twins share approximately half of their genes and hence differences between the two may indicate heritability. The response rate was 55 percent; the study comprised 2,237 same sex twins, predominantly members of the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church (82.6 percent). Preliminary analyses show a small statistically significantly higher concordance rate for monozygotic than for dizygotic twins for nearly all internal religious practices and beliefs. For external practices as church attendance there were no differences. (More results will follow).
    Periode19 nov. 2011
    Sted for afholdelseUnknown external organisation, Ukendt