Schizophrenia, Genes And Environment Essay

701 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 3 Pages
Throughout the article, Schizophrenia, Genes and Environment (2010), the author discuses and critics a research study about schizophrenia published in the American Journal of psychiatry (2010). The article touches on the main points of this research and summarizes to the reader what the data means as far as new concepts in psychology. The author implements two different forms of psychological perspectives to explain the formation of Schizophrenia in a person, the biological perspective and the behavioral perspective.
To begin, the article explains to the reader the study conducted. In their explanation, the author mentions the hypothesis, that schizophrenia is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. In order to distinguish between biological and environmental influences, the study followed adopted children. This separated the two factors, genetics and environment, which are shared between biological parents and non-adopted children. The article then shows a chart that displays the resulting observations; which indicated that occurrences of schizophrenia are indeed higher in those who are at a genetic risk. However, those who are both at a genetic risk and environmental risk more often display schizophrenia. The article then moves on to critic the study. One point the author makes is that on average adoptees tend to be older than non-adoptees due to a decline in adoption rates between 1955 and 1984, possibly giving them more time to become ill than non-adopted…

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