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In the Eye of the Storm: Race and Genomics in Research and Practice

Wang, Vivian Ota and Sue, Stanley (2005) In the Eye of the Storm: Race and Genomics in Research and Practice. American Psychologist, 60 (1). pp. 37-45.

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The difficulties of operationalizing race in research and practice for social, behavioral, and genetic researchers and practitioners are neither new nor related to recent genetic knowledge. For geneticists, the bases for understanding groups are clines, observed traits that gradually change in frequency between geographic regions without distinct identifiable population boundaries and population histories that carry information about the distribution of genetic variants. For psychologists, race may not exist or be a social and cultural construct associated with fluid social inferences. Because definitions of populations and race can be socially and biologically incongruent, the authors suggest that geneticists and social and behavioral scientists and clinicians attend to external validity issues by operationalizing population and racial categories and avoiding race proxies for other biological, social, and cultural constructs in research designs, data analyses, and clinical practice.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: race, genomics, genetics
Subjects: Health
Research > Genetics and Race
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2011 13:57
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/513

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