The challenge of causal inference in gene-environment interaction research: Leveraging research designs from the social sciences

Jason M. Fletcher, Dalton Conley

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Abstract

The integration of genetics and the social sciences will lead to a more complex understanding of the articulation between social and biological processes, although the empirical difficulties inherent in this integration are large. One key challenge is the implications of moving "outside the lab" and away from the experimental tools available for research with model organisms. Social science research methods used to examine human behavior in nonexperimental, real-world settingstodatehavenotbeen fully taken advantage of during this disciplinary integration, especially in the form of gene-environment interaction research. This article outlines and providesexamplesofseveral prominent research designs that should be used in gene- environment research and highlights a key benefit to geneticists of working with socialscientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S42-S45
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume103
Issue numberSUPPL.1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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