Variation on specific genes related to oxytocin functioning impact overall marital quality, in part, said researchers. They are relevant to how partners provide and receive support from each other. OXTR was targeted because it is related to the regulation and release of oxytocin. ‘The study evaluated whether different genotypes - possible genetic combinations of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR)- influenced how spouses support one another, which is a key determinant of overall marital quality. ’ "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 study, the team included nearly 100 couples. Each partner was asked individually to come up with an issue to discuss something they identify as their most salient personal problem that was not related to their partner or partner's family such as problems at work. "We found that variation at two particular locations on OXTR impacted the observed behaviours of both husbands and wives, and that differences in behaviour 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 emerged as most relevant to overall marital quality for both partners was genotypic variation among husbands at a specific location on OXTR. Husbands with a particular genotype were less satisfied with the support they were provided from their wives which suggested that it was also associated with being less satisfied with their marriage, noted Mattson. The researchers hope their findings provide the foundation for replication and additional study of OXTR as an enduring determinant of marital functioning. Source: IANS << Study on Mental Health Disorders and Treatment in Children Fortis Doctors Saved Swine Flu Mother and Fetus >> Recommended Reading How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE High Schooling Can Prevent Fifty Million Child Marriages by 2030 Educating girls up to high school may help prevent 50 million child marriages By 2030. READ MORE Marriage Decreases Risk of Skin Cancer Death Marital status is associated with earlier presentation of localized melanoma, revealed study. READ MORE Marriage May Help Stave Off Dementia Risk Those who got married are 30 percent less likely to suffer from dementia than those who remain single, because marriage helps both lead a healthier lifestyle. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Weaver Syndrome Weaver syndrome is a genetic disorder in which children show accelerated bone growth, advanced bone age and a characteristic appearance of the face. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Drug - Food Interactions More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsWeaver SyndromeIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?