Behavior Genetics Principles: Perspectives in Development, Personality, and Psychopathology

Pages: 239
Item #: 4318005
ISBN: 978-1-59147-083-0
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Copyright: 2004
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Behavior Genetics Principles: Perspectives in Development, Personality, and Psychopathology presents work that addresses both historical and novel approaches to the study of genetic and environmental influences on behavior. Contributors to this volume use behavior genetics as a means for understanding the etiology of mental illness as well as normal development. They ask: what genes predispose a person to develop a specific personality trait? What about an inclination to a psychological disorder? How do environmental factors enhance or mute genetic factors? Do they regulate inherited individual differences in behavior and personality throughout a lifetime?

Behavior Genetics Principles explores the many connections between genes, personality, development, and psychopathology. It focuses on research influenced by Irving I. Gottesman, a pioneer in behavioral genetics research. As a mentor and a colleague, Gottesman has worked to examine the role of genes and environmental factors using both traditional and novel study designs and analytic methods. This stimulating volume, by colleagues who have helped shape the field of behavioral genetics, presents cutting edge work that carries on his legacy. This volume should interest researchers, practitioners, and students alike.

Table of Contents


Series Foreword

Volume Foreword
—Brendan A. Maher

Preface: A Tribute to Irving I. Gottesman


I: Introduction

  1. Behavioral Genetics: Background, Current Research, and Goals for the Future
    —Lisabeth F. DiLalla

II: Developmental Behavior Genetics

  1. Temperament as a Liability Factor for Behavioral Disorders of Childhood
    —H. Hill Goldsmith, Kathryn S. Lemery, and Marilyn J. Essex
  2. The Initiation of Substance Use in Adolescence: A Behavioral Genetic Perspective
    —Matt McGue and William G. Iacono
  3. Middle Age, Marriage, and Health Habits of America's Greatest Generation: Twins as Tools for Causal Analysis
    —Susan Trumbetta

III. Personality and Genetics

  1. Genetic Correlations as "Z" Variables: Evaluating Models of Personality -> Psychopathology Associations
    —David L. DiLalla and Greg Carey
  2. Genetic Influence on Social Attitudes: Another Challenge to Psychologists from Behavior Genetics
    —Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr., Nancy L. Segal, Auke Tellegen, Matt McGue, Margaret Keyes, and Robert Krueger

IV. Genetic Influences on Psychopathology

  1. Bad Luck and Bad Genes in Depression
    —Anne Farmer
  2. Contributions of Danish Registers to Understanding Psychopathology: Thirty Years of Collaboration With Irving I. Gottesman
    —Aksel Bertelsen
  3. Longitudinal Prediction of Schizophrenia in a Prospective High-Risk Study
    —L. Erlenmeyer-Kimling, Simone A. Roberts, and Donald Rock
  4. Genes and Neurodevelopment in Schizophrenia
    —Hans Moises, Tómas Zoega, Linheng Li, and Leroy Hood

V. Molecular Genetics and the Future of the Field

  1. Spinach and Ice Cream: Why Environmental Social Science is So Difficult
    —Eric Turkheimer
  2. Behavioral Genomics: Where Molecular Genetics Is Taking Psychiatry and Psychology
    —Peter McGuffin
  3. Getting the Bugs into Our Genetic Theories of Schizophrenia
    —Daniel R. Hanson
  4. Postscript: Eyewitness to the Maturation of Behavioral Genetics
    —Irving I. Gottesman

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editor

Editor Bio

Lisabeth F. DiLalla, PhD, received her graduate degree in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia under Dr. Irving I. Gottesman and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral genetics at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado. She continued her career at Southern Illinois University and is currently an associate professor in the School of Medicine. Her research on preschoolers has focused on aggressive and cooperative peer behaviors, delinquency, behavioral adjustment to school, and play and imagination. Dr. DiLalla focuses on twins in her research in order to better understand the contributions of genes and environment to the behaviors she studies. She has coedited two other books on life span development.