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NCJ Number: 122644 Find in a Library
Title: Heredity and Crime: Bad Genes or Bad Research?
Journal: Criminology  Volume:27  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:455-485
Author(s): G D Walters; T W White
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 31
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper conducts a review of the literature on the heritability of criminal behavior and organizes the studies by four basic research methodologies.
Abstract: These are family studies, twin studies, adoption studies, and gene-environment interaction studies. The interpretation of the relationships observed in these studies is complicated by methodological inadequacies in the research itself. The research evidence does seem to suggest the existence of a fairly consistent relationship between heredity and criminal behavior. This paper discusses recommendations concerning the future direction of research in this area. 3 tables, 3 notes, 90 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Crime Causes; Genetic influences on behavior
Index Term(s): Studies of adopted children; Twins as research subjects
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