Behavior Genetic Approaches in Behavioral Medicine

An Introduction
  • John K. Hewitt
  • J. Rick Turner
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Behavior genetics is the study of the genetic and environmental determination of individual differences in characteristics with a behavioral component. Traditional genetics has treated environmental variation largely as “noise.” Traditional epidemiology and many of the social sciences have either ignored genetic variation or wished it would go away. In some cases, the emphasis of these traditional disciplines on a particular component, either genetic or environmental, can serve a useful scientific purpose. In other cases, it may be misleading and an obstacle to understanding.


Genetic Influence Behavioral Medicine American Psychological Association Concordance Rate Familial Aggregation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • John K. Hewitt
    • 1
  • J. Rick Turner
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Behavioral GeneticsUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive MedicineUniversity of TennesseeMemphisUSA

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