Journal Article

Epigenetics and the Social Work Imperative

Terri Combs-Orme

in Social Work

Published on behalf of National Association of Social Workers

Volume 58, issue 1, pages 23-30
Published in print January 2013 | ISSN: 0037-8046
Published online December 2012 | e-ISSN: 1545-6846 | DOI:
Epigenetics and the Social Work Imperative

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Epigenesis is the biochemical process through which some genes are expressed and others remain silent, and it reinforces and explains the powerful impact that the environment has on human development. Epigenetic effects occur not only through diet, chemical exposure, and high levels of environmental stress, but also through chronic poverty and racism. Epigenesis provides a mandate for social workers to intervene at the policy level, both for today's children and for those in future generations.

Keywords: epigenetics; genetics

Journal Article.  4605 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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