Thursday, January 10, 2013

Genes and Crime: The Connection is Real, But Complex

Most criminologists were trained in the old, socio-environmental school of criminology -- completely ignorant of genetics. But fortunately, a new breed of criminologist which is more genetically aware, is beginning to look at the origins of criminality in modern cultures.
Your genes could be a strong predictor of whether you stray into a life of crime, according to a research paper co-written by UT Dallas criminologist Dr. J.C. Barnes.

“Examining the Genetic Underpinnings to Moffitt’s Developmental Taxonomy: A Behavior Genetic Analysis” detailed the study’s findings in a recent issue of Criminology. The paper was written with Dr. Kevin M. Beaver from Florida State University and Dr. Brian B. Boutwell at Sam Houston State University.

The study focused on whether genes are likely to cause a person to become a life-course persistent offender, which is characterized by antisocial behavior during childhood that can later progress to violent or serious criminal acts later in life.

..."there are likely to be hundreds, if not thousands, of genes that will incrementally increase your likelihood of being involved in a crime even if it only ratchets that probability by 1 percent,” he [JC Barnes] said. “It still is a genetic effect. And it’s still important.”

The link between genes and crime is a divisive issue in the criminology discipline, which has primarily focused on environmental and social factors that cause or influence deviant behavior. _UTDallas
Genetic Determinants of Aggression and Impulsivity in Humans (Abstract)

Full PDF download of above article from ResearchGate

Intersection of Genes, Environment, Crime, and Delinquency (Abstract)

Remember, the politically correct skankstream wants to keep you fat, dumb, and blind to the real world, and real world dynamics. It is up to you to go beyond what they want you to know.

It is never too late to have a dangerous childhood.

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