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Genes as a Source of Risk for Mental Disorders

Peter P. Zandi, Holly C. Wilcox, Lulu Dong, Sandy Chon and Brion Maher

in Public Mental Health

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390445
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.003.0008
Genes as a Source of Risk for Mental Disorders

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This chapter explores the current understanding of how genetic factors contribute to human mental health in general, and in particular how they lead to disturbances that can affect public mental health in significant ways. It begins with an explanation of some basic genetic concepts crucial to understanding how genetic factors can influence human mental health. It then describes the leading research paradigm used to investigate the role of genetic factors and highlights a number of discoveries made in implementing this paradigm. The chapter closes with a discussion of the challenges that remain for the better understanding how genetic factors contribute to mental health and why ongoing research in this area is crucial.

Keywords: genetic factors; mental health; public health; research paradigm

Chapter.  21524 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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