OXTR rs53576 polymorphism impacts interpersonal adaptability: Dispositional forgiveness as a mediator

Jing Zhao, Yafang Yang, Xiaohan Li, Linfeng Zheng, Mengying Xue, Mengfei Zhang, Chunlan Wang, Rongjun Yu*, Pingyuan Gong*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene have been shown to be related to individual differences in social skills that are important for building and maintaining social relationships, such as the capability to efficiently process social information and regulate emotions. However, what remains unclear is the potential roles of OXTR polymorphisms in interpersonal adaptability, namely the ability to cope with the situational demands of interpersonal interactions. In this study, we examined the roles of OXTR rs53576 polymorphism in interpersonal adaptability, empathic perception, and dispositional forgiveness in a cohort of 573 college freshmen. The results indicated that the scores on interpersonal adaptability and dispositional forgiveness, apart from empathic perception, increased as functions of the number of G alleles of OXTR rs53576. Moreover, dispositional forgiveness, but not empathic perception, mediated the association between OXTR rs53576 and interpersonal adaptability. The findings highlight the influences of the OXTR gene on adaptive interpersonal interactions, especially when individuals face changing social situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-13
Number of pages6
Early online date28 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Empathic perception
  • Forgiveness
  • Interpersonal adaptability
  • Oxytocin receptor gene
  • Polymorphism


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