This study, Rende writes, “illustrates what we typically see when we evaluate psychosocial interventions. They are not easy to administer, but they have positive effects — and no side effects.”
Meanwhile, Rende points out, abusive or neglectful parenting can influence gene expression. He refers to “the increasing evidence that maltreatment may interact with genes and alter the expression of genes.” Luckily, psychosocial interventions to prevent the recurrence of abusive and neglectful parenting have shown promise.
More than a decade since the Human Genome Project, Rende reminds us that “genetic findings are not fundamentally rewriting our diagnostic manuals by focusing on core causes rather than descriptive pictures of symptoms.” Genomics is not the one and only answer. Stil…