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The Bielefeld Longitudinal Study of Adult Twins (BiLSAT)

  • Christian Kandler (a1), Rainer Riemann (a1), Frank M. Spinath (a2), Wiebke Bleidorn (a3), Wolfgang Thiel (a1) and Alois Angleitner (a1)...

Abstract

The Bielefeld Longitudinal Study of Adult Twins (BiLSAT) is a German longitudinal study of monozygotic and dizygotic twins reared together, including more than 1,100 twin pairs aged between 14 and 80 who participated in the first wave. Data were collected at five waves of assessment between 1993 and 2009. Initially, the study focused on genetic and environmental influences on the structure and the development in adult temperament and personality. Today, the study includes a broad range of individual variables, such as personality disorders, major life goals, interests, attitudes, values, life and work satisfaction, and major life events. A special feature of this genetically informative study lies in the multiple-rater approach (i.e., self-reports and peer reports). Longitudinal multiple-rater analyses allow researchers to go beyond the basic nature–nurture decomposition of variance in self-reports examining genetic and environmental influences on stability and change in more accurately measured individual attributes. In the current article, we briefly describe the design and contents of BiLSAT as well as some recent major findings and future plans.

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address for correspondence: Christian Kandler, Department of Psychology, Bielefeld University, Universitätsstr. 25, D-33615 Bielefeld, Germany. E-mail: christian.kandler@uni-bielefeld.de

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