Biological Causes of Delinquency

  • Richard A. Ratner
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


The study of juvenile delinquency is ultimately as complex as the study of human behavior generally. Not only can we delineate somewhat distinct social, familial, psychological, and biological roots of delinquent behavior, we must then be prepared to examine the interactions of all of these factors with the others and the degree to which each aggravates or mitigates the others. It quickly becomes clear that any attempt to look for an ultimate cause for delinquency exclusively in any one realm is futile.


Aggressive Behavior Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Violent Behavior Delinquent Behavior Conduct Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Ratner
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryGeorge Washington School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatrySaint Elizabeth’s HospitalUSA

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