Department of Social Work, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of Behavioral Genetics Research for Family Researchers
Article first published online: 24 AUG 2013
Copyright 2013 by the National Council on Family Relations
Journal of Family Theory & Review
Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 214–233, September 2013
How to Cite
Samek, D., Koh, B. D. and Rueter, M. A. (2013), Overview of Behavioral Genetics Research for Family Researchers. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 5: 214–233. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12013
Department of Family Social Science, 290 McNeal Hall, University of Minnesota, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108 (email@example.com).
- Issue published online: 24 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 24 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 2 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 30 APR 2012
- Behavior genetics;
- genetic relatedness;
- human development;
- shared environment
This article provides an overview of the methods, assumptions, and key findings of behavioral genetics methodology for family researchers with a limited background. We discuss how family researchers can utilize and contribute to the behavioral genetics field, particularly in terms of conducting research that seeks to explain shared environmental effects. This can be done, in part, by theoretically controlling for genetic confounds in research that seeks to determine cause-and-effect relationships among family variables and individual outcomes. Gene–environment correlation and interaction are especially promising areas for the family researcher to address. Given the methodological advancements in the field, we also briefly comment on new methods in molecular genetics for studying psychological mental health disorders.