Genes, Environment, and Psychopathology

Learning Objectives

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  1. Differentiate between biometrical genetics and mendelian genetics, and their relation to psychopathology.
  2. Define shared environmental factors and their impact on psychopathology.
  3. Explain the mechanisms that affect the influence of genetics on substance use disorders.
  4. Describe the association between parenting and psychopathology.
  5. Discuss the difference between correlation and causation in the study of the effects os stressful life events during adulthood on the development of subsequent major depression.
  6. Differentiate between “rsik indicators” and “risk factors” in the studey of psychopathology.
  7. Compare the genetics transmission of risk to the environmental transmission of risk on psychopathology.
  8. Describe the ways in which genetic factors alter the sensitivity to the environment and increase the risk for psychopathology.