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Optimism, pessimism and mental health : A twin/adoption analysis. / Plomin, Robert; Scheier, Michael F.; Bergeman, C.s.; Pedersen, N.l.; Nesselroade, J.r.; Mcclearn, G.e.

In: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 13, No. 8, 01.08.1992, p. 921-930.

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Plomin, R, Scheier, MF, Bergeman, CS, Pedersen, NL, Nesselroade, JR & Mcclearn, GE 1992, 'Optimism, pessimism and mental health: A twin/adoption analysis' Personality and Individual Differences, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 921-930. DOI: 10.1016/0191-8869(92)90009-E

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Plomin, R., Scheier, M. F., Bergeman, C. S., Pedersen, N. L., Nesselroade, J. R., & Mcclearn, G. E. (1992). Optimism, pessimism and mental health: A twin/adoption analysis. DOI: 10.1016/0191-8869(92)90009-E

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Plomin R, Scheier MF, Bergeman CS, Pedersen NL, Nesselroade JR, Mcclearn GE. Optimism, pessimism and mental health: A twin/adoption analysis. Personality and Individual Differences. 1992 Aug 1;13(8):921-930. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/0191-8869(92)90009-E

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Plomin, Robert ; Scheier, Michael F. ; Bergeman, C.s. ; Pedersen, N.l. ; Nesselroade, J.r. ; Mcclearn, G.e./ Optimism, pessimism and mental health : A twin/adoption analysis. In: Personality and Individual Differences. 1992 ; Vol. 13, No. 8. pp. 921-930

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