Temperament as a biosocial construct for understanding antisocial behavior

Authored by: Matt DeLisi , Michael G. Vaughn

The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415722131
eBook ISBN: 9781315858449
Adobe ISBN: 9781317936749

10.4324/9781315858449.ch22

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Abstract

The idea of temperament is not socially dangerous, even though the concept of inherent temperamental differences, like a speck of dirt on a fresh snow field, mars the democratic ideal by implying that some children are lightly burdened before the race of life begins, while others start with a tiny unfair advantage.

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