Candidate genes for criminal and delinquent behavior

Dylan B. Jackson, Kevin M. Beaver

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A large body of behavioral genetic research has revealed that genetic factors play a role in the etiology of antisocial behaviors in general and criminal behaviors in particular. Even so, the specific genes that are associated specifically with criminal and delinquent behaviors have remained somewhat elusive. The goal of the current chapter is to provide a general list of some candidate genes that could potentially influence crime and delinquency. In general, the list contains genes implicated in neurotransmission and hormone production. Many of these genes have been associated with abilities such as interpreting social cues, bonding, and verbal skills, as well as personality characteristics such as aggressiveness and impulsivity. Directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychology of Adolescence
Subtitle of host publicationNew Research
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781619428607
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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