Peer effects and molecular genetics in adolescent antisocial behavior

Authored by: Tina Kretschmer , Jan Kornelis Dijkstra , René Veenstra

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


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Adolescent antisocial behavior is detrimental to individual development and poses a huge burden to society. Historically, first nature, later nurture was held responsible for the occurrence of antisocial behavior, but contemporary research embraces genetic and social factors and focuses particularly on their interplay in trying to understand individual variation in engaging in aggression, delinquency, and substance use. What does this new orientation teach us with regard to the peer environment? Aiming to elucidate how molecular genetics and peer environment function together in increasing the risk for antisocial behavior, this chapter summarizes findings on antisocial and risk behaviors and discusses challenges for future studies.

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