Abstract and Keywords
Genetic and epigenetic processes are becoming increasingly relevant to our understanding of couple and family processes. We first briefly review the emerging literature on genetic influences on couple and family processes with a particular focus on the use of family-centered prevention trials as a potentially powerful vehicle for testing molecular genetic hypotheses. We then discuss the emergence of epigenetics in the couple and family arena and its potential to change our view of development within the family. We argue that couple and family researchers may benefit from increased familiarity with the broad themes that are emerging in genetic and epigenetically informed family literatures.
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