Tilting at twindmills: Rethinking sociological responses to behavioral genetics

Jeremy Freese*, Brian Powell

*Corresponding author for this work

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While we commend Horwitz et al. (2003) for speaking to core issues in behavioral genetics, we disagree with many particulars of their article. We are skeptical of their claims regarding the particular contribution offered by both their methods and data. We believe also that the findings they present as challenging the equal environments assumption are, upon closer examination, not persuasive. Most fundamentally, we worry that the way in which Horwitz et al. conceptualize the relationship between genes and environments is not the best means of doing so for sociologists interested in engaging behavioral genetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-135
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of health and social behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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