Genetic factors and criminal behavior

biological risk factors for criminal behavior

It is less certain what the consequences of such genetic diagnostic tests may be for criminal cases in which they may be cited as empirical evidence of a defendant's diminished responsibility.

Kirley, A. New York:Rockefeller University Press. Implications and some tentative predictions This review of genetic research on antisocial behaviour has summarised growing evidence for a genetic contribution to antisocial behaviour but it has also indicated that it is highly unlikely that variants of single genes will be found that very substantially increase the risk of engaging in criminal behaviour.

Download preview PDF. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 40, 3— Although the results of individual studies of this gene have been inconsistent, two meta-analyses have found a modest association between DRD4 and liability to ADHD Faraone et al.

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International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 6, 1— He said crime is a learned behavior. The influence of testosterone on human aggression. Implications of sex differences in the prevalences of antisocial personality, alcoholism, and criminality for familial transmission. A recent study by Caspi et al.

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Is there a genetic susceptibility to engage in criminal acts?