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Genetics of Psychological Well-BeingThe role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology$
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Michael Pluess

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.001.0001

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Vantage sensitivity: genetic susceptibility to effects of positive experiences

Vantage sensitivity: genetic susceptibility to effects of positive experiences

(p.193) Chapter 12 Vantage sensitivity: genetic susceptibility to effects of positive experiences
Genetics of Psychological Well-Being

Michael Pluess

Jay Belsky

Oxford University Press

A large number of gene–environment interaction studies suggest that some people are more vulnerable to adverse experiences than others due to their genetic make-up. Much less effort has been directed toward illuminating genetic factors associated with variability in response to exclusively positive influences. The recently proposed concept of vantage sensitivity, derived from the empirically well-supported and evolutionary-inspired theory of differential susceptibility, provides a theoretical framework for the expectation of variability in response to positive experiences as a function of genetic factors. After introducing the basic properties of vantage sensitivity and the corresponding terminology, selected empirical evidence for vantage sensitivity featuring different genetic factors as moderators of a wide range of positive experiences ranging from parental sensitivity to psychological intervention is presented. Finally, important conceptual differences between vantage sensitivity and theoretically related concepts of Resilience and differential susceptibility are highlighted, before considering practical implications.

Keywords:   vantage sensitivity, differential susceptibility, gene–environment interaction, resilience, psychological intervention

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