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Educational attainment and social class in adoptees: genetic and environmental contributions

  • T. W. Teasdale (a1) and T. I. A. Sørensen (a2)


The number of years of schooling and adult social class of 1417 adoptees are found to correlate with the social class of both their biological and adoptive fathers. For female adoptees the effect of both paternal social class values upon own social class appears to be mediated through the influence of the former upon years of schooling. For male adoptees, some residual direct correlations of paternal social class with offspring's social class, independent of years of schooling in the adoptee, are observed.



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