Behavioral Genetics and Crime

  • Sharon S. Ishikawa
  • Adrian Raine
Part of the Neurobiological Foundation of Aberrant Behaviors book series (NFAB, volume 5)


One of the most hotly debated questions in the scientific arena has centered on whether criminal behavior has a genetic basis. Although it has been previously argued that genetics play no part in shaping antisocial and criminal behavior (e.g., Gottfredson & Hirschi, 1990), a growing literature base has served to substantiate that genetic factors are as important to the development of some forms of criminal activity as are environmental factors.


Antisocial Behavior Twin Study Criminal Behavior Concordance Rate Biological Parent 
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  • Sharon S. Ishikawa
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  • Adrian Raine
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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