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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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Genetics of psychological well-being: current state and future directions

Genetics of psychological well-being: current state and future directions

(p.266) Chapter 16 Genetics of psychological well-being: current state and future directions
Genetics of Psychological Well-Being

Michael Pluess

Oxford University Press

Quantitative behavioral and molecular genetics studies provide strong empirical evidence for the existence of a heritable and genetic component of psychological well-being, but specific gene variants underlying the heritable component of well-being have not yet been identified. In order to advance knowledge regarding the role of genetic factors in psychological well-being, future research should focus on the investigation of molecular mechanisms and biological pathways across multiple levels of analysis. Given the intricate interplay between genetic and environmental factors, future research will only be of relevance if both genes and environment and their dynamic and complex interplay are taken into account. The potential for practical application of knowledge related to genetics of psychological well-being is promising, but requires a deeper understanding of the biological pathways between genes and well-being. In conclusion, research on the genetics of psychological well-being is still in a relatively early stage and more research is needed.

Keywords:   behavioral genetics, molecular genetics, psychological well-being, biological pathways, gene–environment interaction

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