Genetic research, behavioural science, and child and adolescent mental health in South Africa: an important new agenda

Published in: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 20, issue 2, 2008 , pages: 73–81
DOI: 10.2989/JCAMH.2008.


Background: Since the announcement of the results of the international research project to unravel the human genome in the early 1990s there has been a burgeoning of research into the genetic basis of psychopathology and development. South African behavioural researchers, however, have reasons to be cautious about the benefits of genetic research in the light of the historical link between eugenic interests and practices which were attractive to ideologies such as Nazism and apartheid.

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