Genetic Determinants in Anorexia Nervosa: Results of Studies in Twins

  • H. Schepank

Abstract

Twins, and especially identical twins, arouse peculiar feelings in a person. It is not only the curiosity of it all, but such a meeting also touches on the problems of one’s own identity development, individuality, and narcissism. In the study of human genetics, classical research in twins, that is, comparing monozygotic and dizygotic pairs of twins as to the degree of correspondence/rate of concordance, is one of the most exact and reliable methods of researching problems of heredity versus environmental influence in medicine and psychology. Nevertheless, this controversy sparks strong emotional resistance among researchers, with the remarkable consequence that in the past decades studies in twins — especially in Germany — have scarcely been carried out and existing results hardly taken into consideration.

Keywords

Depression Europe Schizophrenia Neurol Guaran 

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