DAT1 and 5HTT are associated with pathological criminal behavior in a nationally representative sample of youth

Michael G. Vaughn, Matt DeLisi, Kevin M. Beaver, John Paul Wright

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Abstract

The study of serious, violent, and chronic offenders is a primary research area in criminology; however, its genetic underpinnings are relatively unknown. Based on genetically sensitive data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), this study empirically explored the genetic antecedents of chronic and dangerous criminal behavior. Controlling for age, gender, cognitive ability, and self-control, the models yielded some significant effects for the genetic polymorphisms dopamine transporter (DAT1) and serotonin transporter (5HTT), and these effects were conditioned by the delinquent peer network within which adolescents were situated-thereby suggesting a significant Gene × Environment interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1124
Number of pages12
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume36
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law

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