Work stress in the genes

The sample included both fraternal and identical twins, who were either raised together or were separated at an early age and raised apart.

Lead author Professor Timothy Judge says shared genes had four times the impact on personality, stress and health that a shared environment had.

“Our study suggests strong heritabilities to work stress and the outcomes of stress,” he says. “This means that stress may have less to do with the environment than with the genetic ‘code’ of the individual.”

“This doesn’t mean

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