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Despite research demonstrating that gene expression differs in response to social environmental circumstances, deterministic views of biology are common. Stuart and colleagues (this issue) encourage readers to think about genetic factors in the same dynamic and probabilistic manner that they consider other causes of intimate partner violence. Given that participants had co-occurring alcohol problems, future studies should evaluate how different genetic polymorphisms uniquely and synergistically contribute to heavy drinking and aggression under different socio-environmental conditions. Psychological expectancies have a powerful impact on behavior, thus extreme caution is required before labeling people as genetically predisposed to violence.


Genetics and Genomics | Psychology


NOTICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLISHER POLICY: This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of a commentary published in advance of print in Violence Against Women, March 2014, © the Author, and available online at doi: 10.1177/1077801214528583. It has been formatted for archiving; pagination has been added for this version.