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Genes and Abuse as Causes of Offending

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Jamie Vaske
Date Published
101 pages
This book examines behavior as a product of both genetic and environmental factors.
The author examined whether genetic polymorphisms are related to the likelihood of victimization, and whether genetic factors could be used to explain variation in individuals' responses to victimization. Also explored is whether indirect and interactive effects of the genetic polymorphisms vary by gender. The results suggest that genetic polymorphisms may explain both individual differences in the likelihood of victimization and differential responses to victimization. Further, gender appears to condition these relationships. Chapter 1 provides an introduction to the available literature related to the study. Chapter 2 examines the role of victimization in criminal behavior, alcohol abuse, and substance use for males and females. Chapter 3 provides an introduction to genetics. Chapter 4 discusses the integration of behavioral genetics and criminological hypotheses of victimization and criminal behavior. Chapter 5 details the methods used in the investigation. Chapter 6 discusses the findings and chapter 7 draws summary conclusions. Tables, figures, appendix, references, and index