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Latest Danielle Dick Stories

2013-07-11 11:03:22

-An individual enters adolescence with personality characteristics and life experiences already accumulated. -A new study evaluates the impact of childhood temperament on later alcohol use/problems. -Results show that childhood temperament prior to age five predicts adolescent alcohol use and problems at age 15.5 years, even after controlling for socio-demographic factors and parental alcohol problems. Most risk and protective factors for alcohol use have roots in early childhood. In...

2009-07-23 09:23:02

New findings show that adolescent alcohol use and behavior problems are influenced by the interaction of genetic and environmental factors."In the past, research on genetic and environmental influences on behavior was often conducted in isolation," Danielle Dick, assistant professor of psychiatry, psychology, and human and molecular genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University was quoted as saying. "Some scientists were interested in genetic effects, others in environmental effects. We now...

2009-07-17 08:04:59

Adolescent alcohol use and behavior problems are influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. A new study has found that socio-regional factors moderate the importance of genetic influences on early adolescent behavior problems in a way that parallels moderating effects observed for alcohol use later in adolescence. Results will be published in the October issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View. "In the past,...