Dynamic Genome and Mental Health The Role of Genes and Environments in Youth Development

ISBN-10: 0199737967

ISBN-13: 9780199737963

Edition: 2011

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While it is widely accepted that we are products of our genes and environment, misconceptions about the power of genes to control our destiny continue to dominate our discourse. This volume contains the latest theories and evidence supporting the highly dynamic inter-relation between genes and environments as they influence the development, mental health, and substance use of adolescents. Written by researchers who are leading the way toward this new understanding, this text provides overviews and analysis of this emerging field. The chapters discuss the latest approaches to gene-environment relations, including gene-environment interaction, gene-environment correlation, epigenetics, and environmental regulation of gene expression. The application of these concepts to the prevention of adolescent mental health conditions, such as drug use, conduct disorder, depression, and schizophrenia, is included. Controversies in the implications of these approaches are also discussed. The chapters are written in accessible language and will relevant to anyone interested in the mental health and development of adolescents, including researchers and practitioners in behavioral, social and medical fields. A final chapter by the editors assesses the implications of these new approaches for future mental health research and policy.
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List price: $44.49
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496

Daniel Romer received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1974. He is currently Research Director at the Institute for Adolescent Risk Communication at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Overviews of Research on Gene-Environment Interplay
A Conceptual Overview of Gene-Environment Interaction and Correlation in a Developmental Context
Gene-Environment Interactions
Improving Environmental Markers in Gene-Environment Research: Insights from Life-Course Sociology
Genotype-Environment Correlations: Definitions, Methods of Measurement, and Implications for Research on Adolescent Psychopathology
The Social Dynamics of the Expression of Genes for Cognitive Ability
Family Relationship Influences on Development: What Can We Learn from Genetic Research?
Epigenetic Effects on Gene Function and their Role in Mediating Gene-Environment Interactions
Integrating Knowledge of Genetic and Environmental Pathways to Complete the Developmental Map
Socioenvironmental Effects on Gene Expression
Dynamics of Genes and Environments in Behavioral and Mental Health Conditions: Anxiety and Depression
The Interplay Between Genes and Environment in the Development of Anxiety and Depression
Adolescence and Risk for Anxiety and Depression: Insights from Human Imaging to Mouse Genetics
Genetic and Environmental Predictors of Depression
Substance Use and Other Externalizing Behaviors
Genes, Environment, Adolescent Smoking: Implications for Prevention
The Dynamic Nature of Genetic and Environmental Influences on Alcohol Use and Dependence
The Importance of Understanding Gene-Environment Correlations in the Development of Antisocial Behavior
Peer Group Deviance, Conduct Disorder, and Alcohol Intake
Schizophrenia and Stress
Stress Hormones, Genes, and Neuronal Signaling In Adolescence: The Perfect Storm for Vulnerability to Psychosis
The Role of Stress and Its Interaction with Genetic Predisposition in Schizophrenia
Implications for the Future
Conclusions and Implications for the Future
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