Gene-environment correlation in developmental psychopathology

Dev Psychopathol. 2013 Feb;25(1):1-6. doi: 10.1017/S0954579412000855.


Modern research acknowledges that psychopathology and individual differences in normal development are the joint products of both biological and social influences. Although there have been numerous publications on Gene × Environment interactions in the past decade, gene-environment correlation is another important form of gene-environment interplay that has received less attention. This Special Section demonstrates, using a range of methodological approaches, the importance of gene-environment correlation in developmental psychopathology. Several types of gene-environment correlation are described, including passive, evocative, and active. Other studies highlight the potential for gene-environment correlation to obscure associations between risk exposures and child psychopathology. Future directions for gene-environment correlation research are discussed.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Introductory Journal Article

MeSH terms

  • Child Psychiatry
  • Gene-Environment Interaction*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / etiology*
  • Mental Disorders / genetics
  • Models, Psychological
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Environment*