If you’re pondering over the fact that if you would lead a happy married life? The answer is in your genes, a new study has revealed.
Prior research has hinted that marital quality is, partially, affected by genetic factors and that oxytocin may be relevant to social support, according to recent studies, the variation on specific genes related to oxytocin functioning tends to affect the overall marital quality, in part.They are essential to how partners provide and receive support from each other.
The study evaluated whether different genotypes–possible genetic combinations of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR)–influenced how married couples encourage one another, which is a key factor in the overall marital quality.
OXTR was targeted because it is connected to the regulation and release of oxytocin.
"Genes matter when it comes to the quality of marriage because genes are relevant to who we are as individuals, and characteristics of the individual can impact the marriage," said Richard Mattson, Associate Professor from the Binghamton University in the US.
For the research, the team included nearly 100 couples. Each partner was asked individually to put forward an issue to discuss something they identify as their most particular personal problem that was not related to their partner or partner's family such as problems at the workplace.
"We found that variation at two particular locations on OXTR impacted the observed behaviors of both husbands and wives, and that differences in behavior across couples had small but cumulative effects on overall evaluations of support, and thus marital quality in general," added Mattson, published in the Journal of Family Psychology.
However, what came out as most relevant to overall marital quality for both partners was genotypic differences among husbands at a particular location on OXTR.
Husbands with a particular genotype were less satisfied and happy with the support they were getting from their wives which suggested that it was also associated with being less satisfied with their marriage, noted Mattson.
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