SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Guo, G. (2005). Twin studies: What can they tell us about nature and nurture? Contexts, 4(3), 43-47.

Learning Objective: 1.2
How does the asset support this Learning Objective? The article discusses current views on the nature and nurture theme of development.

Summary: Twin studies used to be almost the only way to compare the influence of genes against the environment on personality and behavior. Recent advances in genetics, however, suggest that opposing “nature” to “nurture” is misleading. Genes combine with the environment to produce complex human traits.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What is the variability in selected traits discussed in the article with respect to genes, shared environment, and unshared environment?
  2. What are the problems with traditional twin studies?
  3. How can twin studies be used to study gene-by-environment interactions?

Article 2: Ennis-Cole, Durodoye, B. A., & Harris, H. L. (2013). The impact of culture on autism diagnosis and treatment. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 21(3), 279-287.

Learning Objective: 1.3
How does the asset support this Learning Objective? The article discusses how the context of culture affects autism diagnosis and treatment.

Summary: This article explores the impact of culture on families’ perceptions of autism diagnosis and treatment. Competencies for counselors and other professionals that address the needs of children with autism and their families are presented. Therapeutic interventions, applications of technology, and strategies for responsive family-centered care and advocacy are highlighted.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How does culture influence how autism is diagnosed and decisions for treatment?
  2. What is the etiological controversy on autism?
  3. What are the technologies for individuals diagnosed with ASD? How does culture impact the choices?