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Psychiatric genetics is a relatively recent subfield of Behavioural Genetics which studies the role of genetics in various psychological impairments such as alcoholism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders such as those of the autistic spectrum.
The basic principal behind behavioural genetics is genetic polymorphism, a gene's ability to mutate and ultimately effect behaviour.
Psychiatric genetics is hailed as having promising results in medical research in studying the susceptibility of conditions within family and the likeliness of inheriting such conditions.
References & Bibliography
- VA Medical Research Program (Joel Gelernter and David Goldman)
Criticism of Psychiatric Genetics
- Joseph, J. (2004). The Gene Illusion: Genetic Research in Psychiatry and Psychology Under the Microscope.New York: Algora. (2003 United Kingdom Edition by PCCS Books)
- Joseph, J. (2006). The Missing Gene: Psychiatry, Heredity, and the Fruitless Search for Genes.New York: Algora.