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NCJ Number: 228594 Find in a Library
Title: What Biosocial Criminology Offers Criminology
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:36  Issue:11  Dated:November 2009  Pages:1218-1230
Author(s): John Paul Wright; Danielle Boisvert
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the relevance of biosocial criminology to the parent discipline of criminology.
Abstract: Results found that biosocial criminology is a potential fruitful paradigm shift in the scientific study of crime. Findings conclude that a biosocial perspective is effective, suggesting that a paradigm shift in criminology be implemented. Biosocial criminology not only offers new methods, new questions, and new opportunities for scientific research, but it also provides the necessary framework in which to create policies targeted at changing both the environment and the individual. This growing segment of criminology has the potential of substantially changing the way people think about and study criminal behavior. For the discipline to advance, researchers must use a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates knowledge and research from other scientific disciplines such as psychiatry, neurology, genetics, and evolutionary psychology. These fields of study are equally concerned with healthy human development and offer insight on how to avoid the development and continuance of antisocial behaviors. References
Main Term(s): Criminology; Genetic influences on behavior
Index Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Developmental criminology; Psychology; Youth development
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