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NCJ Number: 229692 Find in a Library
Title: Intergenerational Cycle of Criminality-Association with Psychopathy
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:55  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:116-120
Author(s): Eila Repo-Tiihonen, M.D., Ph.D.; Jari Tiihonen, M.D., Ph.D.; Nina Lindberg, M.D., Ph.D.; Ghitta Weizmann-Henelius, Ph.D.; Hanna Putkonen, M.D., Ph.D.; Helina Hakkanen, Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Academy of Finland
00501 Helsinki, Finland
Grant Number: 75697;211176;
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Preventive interventions early in life are likely to lower the risk of intergenerational transmission of criminal behavior. We investigated if psychopathy among homicidal offenders is associated with criminal offending among the offenders' offspring.
Abstract: The basic sample consisted of consecutive Finnish homicide offenders (during 1995-2004) who had been subjected to a forensic psychiatric examination and rated for a file-based PCL-R, and their offspring. Criminal behavior among both genders of the offspring was more common than in the general population. In general, the offspring's crimes against others (e.g., threat, intimidation, deprivation of freedom, breach of domicile) were associated with their parent's psychopathy. A grandfather's mental disorder was associated with a high rate of crime committed by the offspring. Especially, the sons of male psychopathic homicidal offenders had the highest rate of committing crimes, which was often expressed as vandalism. However, both genders of offspring seem to require special preventive programs to ameliorate these problems. 3 tables and 47 references (Published abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Finland; Foreign criminal justice research; Male female offender comparisons; Mental disorders; Psychopaths
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