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Psychiatry Res. 2014 Feb 28;221(2):123-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2013.11.008. Epub 2013 Dec 6.

Disentangling possible effects of childhood physical abuse on gray matter changes in violent offenders with psychopathy.

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1
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Research Imaging Centre, 250 College Street, Room B26, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1R8. Electronic address: nathan.kolla@mail.utoronto.ca.
2
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Research Imaging Centre, 250 College Street, Room B26, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1R8.

Abstract

Violent offenders with psychopathy present a lifelong pattern of callousness and aggression and fail to benefit from rehabilitation programs. This study presents the first, albeit preliminary, evidence suggesting that some of the structural brain anomalies distinguishing violent offenders with psychopathy may result from physical abuse in childhood.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood physical abuse; Psychopathy; Structural magnetic resonance imaging

PMID:
24361393
PMCID:
PMC4024660
DOI:
10.1016/j.pscychresns.2013.11.008
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