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Genetic and Psychophysiological Factors in Asocial Behavior

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Journal
Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry
0002-7138
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0002-7138(10)60087-8
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract In this century social factors have dominated theories explaining asocial behavior. Some research has suggested, however, that a significant improvement in explanation can result from considering the interaction of these social factors with certain biological variables. We summarize twin and adoption investigations which consistently suggest the possibility of hereditary predispositional influences on the probability of registered criminal behavior. A tentative, partial explanation (which does not ignore biological factors) is offered as an illustration of how such forces might interact with social variables in inducing criminality.

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