ERIC Number: ED044709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-5
Reference Count: 0
The Design of Studies to Evaluate Hereditary and Environmental Contributions to the Etiology of Behavioral Disorders.
The introductory discussion focuses on the change in the current scientific climate regarding the role of heredity in the etiology of behavioral disorders. The author and his colleagues embarked on a series of studies, using naturally occurring adoptions as their subject source, to tease apart hereditary and environmental factors thought to be implicated in schizophrenia. The bulk of the paper is an elaboration of eight adoption strategy research designs which they have developed. These designs focus variously on the adoptees, their natural families and adoptive families, in an effort t collect data which might clarify the relative contributions of heredity and environment, as well as heredity environment interaction. Where currently available, data is presented and tentative conclusions drawn. The author closes with an optimistic prediction that in the next decade there will be a marked acceleration in the acculumation of knowledge about the hereditary and environmental factors involved in the etiology of behavioral disorders. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970