September 6, 2012

Genetics and stigma revisited, no: really visited for the first time


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Startling Read the blog post above, by Tetyana, Science Of Eating Disorders blogger. Marvelous insight, scholarship, and truly fascinating examination of how genetic explanations of eating disorders can increase or decrease stigma. Important comparison with other mental disorders.

And a gem, included, that rings so true it hurts:


The anticipated harms largely flowed from reductionist and deterministic theories of genetics. Notably, respondents’ own genetic theories were usually more complex, with ample roles for environment and personal volition interacting contingently over time.. Nevertheless, they presumed others to have simple theories, a presumption that has empirical support.. 

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