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J Soc Psychol. 2010 Mar-Apr;150(2):160-80. doi: 10.1080/00224540903366503.

Genetic contributions to antisocial personality and behavior: a meta-analytic review from an evolutionary perspective.

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  • 1Department of Behavioral Sciences, Texas A&M International University, 5201 University Boulevard, Laredo, TX 78041, USA.


Evidence from behavioral genetics supports the conclusion that a significant amount of the variance in antisocial personality and behavior (APB) is due to genetic contributions. Many scientific fields such as psychology, medicine, and criminal justice struggle to incorporate this information with preexisting paradigms that focused exclusively on external or learned etiology of antisocial behavior. The current paper presents a meta-analytic review of behavioral genetic etiological studies of APB. Results indicated that 56% of the variance in APB can be explained through genetic influences, with 11% due to shared non-genetic influences, and 31% due to unique non-genetic influences. This data is discussed in relation to evolutionary psychological theory.

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