skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 149484 Find in a Library
Title: Psychopathology of Crime: Criminal Behavior as a Clinical Disorder
Author(s): A Raine
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 396
Sponsoring Agency: Academic Press, Inc
San Diego, CA 92101-4495
Publication Number: ISBN 0-12-576160-0
Sale Source: Academic Press, Inc
Promotions Manager
525 B. Street
Suite 1900
San Diego, CA 92101-4495
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book reviews the literature on the biological bases of criminal behavior and explores the question of whether serious, recidivistic criminal behavior is a psychological disorder.
Abstract: The discussion notes that this issue differs from the question of whether mental disorders are often found in offender groups. The issue of whether criminal behavior, in and of itself, constitutes a disorder, is addressed by reviewing definitions of disorder; assessing the extent to which criminal behavior fulfills such definitions; and using a construct validity approach to establish a network of familial, extrafamilial, cognitive, neuropsychological, psychophysiological, brain imaging, biochemical, and genetic predispositions are established for crime. The analysis concludes that initial evidence exists to view crime as a disorder; that 13 empirical, conceptual, and societal arguments can be made against this conclusion; and that none of these arguments, in themselves, can convincingly reject the notion of crime as a disorder, although some raise substantive issues that also face disorders other than crime. Research recommendations, figures, tables, author and subject indexes, and over 600 references (Publisher summary modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Mental disorders; Psychological evaluation; Recidivists
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.