Monday, August 6, 2007

Cool Genes May Choose Your Pals

No, not not your Calvin's or Guess or any other indigo denim, your genetic material helps choose your friends. A study is coming out stating genetic factors are part of the factors about selecting friends. Even more astonishing, is that the power of the genes increased over time. The study of genetics keeps offering new depths to plumb as the argument over nature versus nurture heats up with each new addition of scientific information.

The Virginia Commonwealth University study
in the Archives of Psychiatry measured 1800 male twins with varying degrees of social interactions. The range of teenage boys behavior scaled from running wild and free to more sedate behavior as each study participant was asked to describe in detail the behavior of their friends. This study is focused on males and further information is needed to match the results for females.

Many books and film have focused on young girls behavior. The shockingly real and funny, Mean Girls starring the now thrice-rehabbed Lindsay Lohan, gives a modern view of teenage girls. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, PhD is a frank and direct look at the lives of teenage girls. Queen Bees & Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman is part of the underpinnings of the movie Mean Girls. Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons gives a path forward for teen girls and their mothers. (Hi Makayla... let's talk some more about your pals...)

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