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A Systematic Approach to Understanding Human Variability in Serious, Persistent Offending

John Paul Wright and Kevin M. Beaver

in The Development of Persistent Criminality

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195310313
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871384 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310313.003.0008
 							A Systematic Approach to Understanding Human Variability in Serious, Persistent Offending

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This chapter presents a detailed discussion of the dynamics between genetic and environmental influences on behavior. It discusses how serious, persistent offenders (SPOs) differ from the general population and why their numbers are few. It proposes that genetic variability can account for some of the likelihood that an individual will develop persistent patterns of behavior and we discuss how some individuals are genetically more susceptible to criminogenic environmental influences. In the discussion, gene × environment interactions and gene × environment correlations are explored in detail. The chapter concludes with an example of genetically influenced susceptibility to abuse, and suggestions for interventions that should be explored.

Keywords: biology; crime; chronic offending; serious persistent offenders; evolution; genetics; endophenotype; gene-environment interaction

Chapter.  6050 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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