Media portrayals and health inequalities: A case study of characterizations of gene × environment interactions

Allan V. Horwitz

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Abstract

Objectives. This article examines how genetic and environmental interactions associated with health inequalities are constructed and framed in the presentation of scientific research. Methods. It uses the example of a major article about depression in a longitudinal study of young adults that appeared in Science in 2003. Results. This portrayal of findings related to health inequalities uses a genetic lens that privileges genetic influences and diminishes environmental ones. Discussion. The emphasis on the genetic side of Gene × Environment interactions can serve to deflect attention away from the important impact of social inequalities on health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-52
Number of pages5
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Volume60
Issue numberSPEC. ISS. OCT.
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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