Culture, Stigma, and Addiction on College Campuses

All segments of US society are grappling with novel issues of substance use and misuse. University students are particularly at risk for developing substance use disorders, given the inherent stresses associated with college life and the importance of certain kinds of substances (e.g., alcohol) in non-sanctioned social events. Students are also targeted for substance use prevention […]

Misconceptions about Health Disparities in the US

Health disparities along racial/ethnic lines continue to be a major problem in the US, both in terms of health outcomes and use of health services. Medical anthropologists have pointed out that the most likely reasons for such disparity originate from socio-cultural factors (Dressler, Oths, and Gravlee 2005). Suppositions persist that these inequalities are driven primarily […]

What Is the “Environment” in Gene-Environment Interaction Research?

The notion that nature and nurture interact to produce the phenotype of an individual is a very old one. Modern techniques of molecular biology and the mapping of the human genome have led to multiple studies approaching gene-environment interaction as more than a metaphor. What is lacking, however, is an adequate conceptualization of “the environment.” […]