Behavior Genetic Approaches in Behavioral Medicine / Edition 1

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Leading researchers examine how behavior genetics provides crucial insights into genetic and environmental influences in the development of biobehavioral disorders. These influences are illustrated by using the examples of cardiovascular disease, obesity and eating disorders, alcohol use and abuse, and smoking behavior. Contributors discuss the relevance of molecular genetic approaches and twin and family designs to the complex field of behavior medicine research.

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Reports research into genetic influences on behavior that affect health and disease, particularly alcoholism, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and smoking; and how genetic variation can be used to calculate the effect of environmental factors on health. Covers the principles of behavior genetics, addictive behaviors, stress and reactivity, body weight and eating behavior, gender and ethnicity, and the place of genetics in behavioral medicine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'An excellent review....the material is...accessible by advanced undergraduate and graduate students, yet contains enough detail and nuance for a professional audience.'
Biological Psychology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306449697
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 6/30/1995
  • Series: Perspectives on Individual Differences Series
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Orientation: Behavior Genetic Approaches in Behavioral Medicine: An Introduction; J.K. Hewitt, J.R. Turner. Addictive Behaviors: Mediators and Moderators of Alcoholism Inheritance; M.M. McGue. Genetic Influences on Smoking Behavior; A.C. Heath, P.A.F. Madden. Smoking and Addictive Behaviors: Epidemiologic, Individual and Family Factors; D.C. Rowe, M.R. Linver. Stress and Reactivity: Behavior Genetic Studies of Cardiovascular Responses to Stress; J.K. Hewitt, J.R. Tunrer. Developmental Genetic Trends in Blood Pressure Levels and Blood Pressure Reactivity to Stress; H. Snieder, et al. Body Weight, Adiposity, and Eating Behaviors: Genetic Influences on Body Mass Index in Early Childhood; L.R. Cardon. Genetic Studies of Obesity across the Lifespan; J.M. Meyer. Genetics, Eating Disorders, and Obesity; J.R. Spelt, J.M. Meyer. Gender and Ethnicity: Issues in the Behavior Genetic Investigation of Gender Differences; C.A. Reynolds, J.K. Hewitt. Studying Ethnicity and Behavioral Medicine: A Quantitative Genetic Approach; K.E. Whitfield, T.P. Miles. Beyond Heritability: Genetic Environmental Risks, and Protective Factors; R. Plomin. Quantitative Trait Loci: Mapping Genes for Complex Traits; L.R. Cardon. Epilogue: Implications of a Behavior Genetic Perspective in Behavioral Medicine; J.K. Hewitt, J.R. Turner. Index.

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