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A biological or psychological predisposition to disorder.
•Genetic predisposition towards obesity
•Psychological predisposition to abuse alcohol
•Psychological predisposition to display impulsive behavior.
What are some characteristics of Diathesis?
•Indicates vulnerability to a certain disorder, but does not guarantee that one will develop the disorder.
•Something must trigger predispositions to occur.
•A combination of predisposition and stress produces psychological problems.
–Example: A lack of exercise and unbalanced diet can trigger someone with a diathesis toward obesity
Define Epidemiology. How does an Epidemiologist investigate?
The study of patterns of disease or disorder in the general population.
Investigate: Surveying, observations.
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