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Biological Theoretical Framework

The underlying hypothesis of a biological theoretical framework is that biology provides a particular and additive source of information for describing, assessing, and treating clinical problems. The role of biological mechanisms in abnormal and clinical psychology has been well established for decades. What has changed are the technologies used and the biological targets that have attracted attention; these changes are interlaced, underscoring the close link between advances in technology and how a biological target is assessed. For example, research on genetic factors in abnormal and clinical psychology has evolved from inferring genetic influence from the contrasting similarity between identical and fraternal twin siblings to examining specific genes, whole genome arrays, gene expression, and, in the case of animal studies, genetic knock-out animals in which a ...

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