Genetics, Environmental Risks, and Protective Factors

  • Robert Plomin
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Genetic differences among individuals contribute to most domains of behavior (Plomin & McClearn, 1993) and to many common medical disorders (King, Rotter, & Motulsky, 1992). As previous chapters indicate, genetics also plays a role in constructs central to behavioral medicine, such as alcohol use and abuse, smoking, cardiovascular reactivity, and obesity. More research is needed to investigate whether and how much genetic factors influence other behaviors involved in promoting health and in preventing and treating disease (Plomin & Rende, 1991).


Environmental Influence Genetic Influence Behavioral Medicine Twin Study Environmental Measure 
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  • Robert Plomin
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  1. 1.Centre for Social, Genetic, and Developmental PsychiatryInstitute of PsychiatryLondonUK

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