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NCJ Number: 227993 Find in a Library
Title: Barriers to Reasonable Behavior
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:36  Issue:6  Dated:June 2009  Pages:22,24,27
Author(s): Sara Schreiber
Date Published: June 2009
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores body chemistry as the cause of violent behavior.
Abstract: Findings suggest that chemical imbalances in the body could be as important an influence in life outcome as poverty, abuse, and other environmental factors traditionally accepted as the predominant cause of deviant behavior. In our current criminal justice model, biological or chemical predisposition to aggression and violence is thought to be best treated with surgery, medication, or jail time. While some factors predispose an individual to violence and may be hardwired into their DNA, more studies indicate that a number of chemicals can influence brain processes, sometimes causing violent and aggressive outbursts or impulsiveness. Chemicals are increasingly being studied for their impact on the brain and on violent behavior. Lead and immoderate alcohol use are being cited among environmental agents that cause aggression and impulsivity during infancy or even presenting later in life. High levels of copper and zinc have also been linked to learning disabilities and aggression. Technology is getting better at detection and prevention of at risk individuals; in the future, better nutrition, prenatal care, and healthy social activities may better contribute to a healthier and happier whole person with fewer propensities towards violence.
Main Term(s): Biological influences; Problem behavior
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Aggression; Behavior modification; Behavior patterns; Behavior under stress; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Behavioral science research; Blood/body fluid analysis; Environmental influences; Genetic influences on behavior; Individual behavior; Juvenile Delinquent behavior; Risk taking behavior; Violence; Violence causes; Violence prediction; Violence prevention
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