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The Development of Persistent Criminality$
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Joanne Savage

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310313.001.0001

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Biological Factors and the Development of Persistent Criminality

Biological Factors and the Development of Persistent Criminality

(p.140) (p.141) CHAPTER 7 Biological Factors and the Development of Persistent Criminality
The Development of Persistent Criminality

Patrick Sylvers

Stacy R. Ryan

S. Amanda Alden

Patricia A. Brennan

Oxford University Press

This chapter orients the reader to the current biological models of delinquent psychopathology and provides an overview of the biological literature; including heritability, psychophysiology, neurobiology, and endocrinology related to the development of persistent criminal behavior in children and adolescents. The four areas of crime-related psychopathology discussed are early-onset conduct disorder, juvenile psychopathy, bullying, and sex offending. Research is presented in connection with widely accepted biological models of behavior. This chapter also highlights the strengths and limitations of the existing literature, consolidates this literature to identify patterns of convergence and divergence across disorders, and suggests areas for future research.

Keywords:   biology, crime, early onset, maternal smoking, maternal substance use, genetics, underarousal, hormones, psychopathy, chronic offending, sexual aggression, bullying, neurobiology, psychophysiology

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