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Genetic Factors and Criminal Behavior

Volume 64 Number 2
December 2000

Criminal behavior results from a complex interplay of social and genetic factors. Until recently, the majority of criminological research focused solely on social contributors, either minimizing or negating the importance of genetics on criminal behavior. In the past 15 years, however, a large body of evidence has emerged suggesting that the etiology of criminal behavior may be better understood when genetic factors are also taken into account.