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Family and genetic epidemiology of aggressive and antisocial behavior.
There is an important familial component to aggression, antisocial behavior, crime and violence. Risk factors of aggression such as parental aggression, poverty, single parent households, and neighborhood delinquency all contribute to "between-family variation." However, the source of the familial effect is subject to debate. An observable behavior (phenotype) may run in families for strictly environmental reasons, for genetic reasons, or for some combination of the 2. This review explores the source of the familial component to aggressive behavior and examines the relative merits of the genetic and family environmental contributions to the observed correlations among relatives.
Supported by a previous NIDA grant.