Chapter 18. Genetic Research in Psychiatry and Psychology

A Critical Overview

  1. Kathryn E. Hood2,
  2. Carolyn Tucker Halpern3,
  3. Gary Greenberg4 and
  4. Richard M. Lerner5
  1. Jay Joseph

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327632.ch18

Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics

Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics

How to Cite

Joseph, J. (2010) Genetic Research in Psychiatry and Psychology, in Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics (eds K. E. Hood, C. T. Halpern, G. Greenberg and R. M. Lerner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327632.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Pennsylvania State University, USA

  2. 3

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

  3. 4

    Wichita State University, USA

  4. 5

    Tufts University, USA

Author Information

  1. Licensed Psychologist, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187824

Online ISBN: 9781444327632

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Keywords:

  • genetic research in psychiatry and psychology - critical overview;
  • genes, causing psychiatric disorders and variation - in “continuously distributed” psychological traits;
  • “heritability of IQ” topics - fiercely debated for decades;
  • validity and reliability of concepts - as “schizophrenia,” “IQ,” “personality,” “bipolar disorder,” “criminality,” “ADHD”;
  • validity and reliability of psychiatric disorders and psychological traits - open to question;
  • psychiatric family study - using modern methods;
  • “classical twin method” - commonly known as “twin method”;
  • validity of equal environment assumption (EEA) - in context of critical analysis of five publications;
  • equalizing MZ and DZ environments through rhetoric;
  • environmental influences, shared by reared-apart monozygotic twin pairs (MZAs)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Family Studies

  • Twin Studies

  • Adoption Studies

  • Molecular Genetic Research

  • Summary and Conclusions

  • References