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Title: Tail on an Untold Tale: Response to "Biological and Genetic Contributors to Violence -- Widom's Untold Tale"
Journal: Psychological Bulletin  Volume:109  Issue:1  Dated:(1991)  Pages:130-132
Author(s): C S Widom
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Indiana University Biomedical Research Cmtte
Bloomington, IN 47401
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 86-IJ-CX-0033; S07 RR07031
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: There is little research addressing the possible role of genetic factors in relation to child abuse or neglect.
Abstract: The majority of studies reviewed focus on delinquency, criminality, and antisocial personality -- not violence. There are few genetic studies on delinquency, and those that exist suggest that these behaviors are not highly heritable. There is not necessarily a direct relationship between aggressiveness as a personality trait and delinquency or criminality or violent behavior. However, temperamental differences may be important predictors of whether abused children are likely to become abusive parents or suffer other adjustment problems. Researchers in the area of violence and criminality need to keep an open mind and eye on both the social and biological literature. At the same time, psychologists, psychiatrists, and behavior geneticists need to be familiar with the developing family violence and criminology literatures. 26 references
Main Term(s): Child abuse causes
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Genetic influences on behavior
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