Teaching biosocial criminology I: Understanding endophenotypes using gottfredson and hirschi's self-control construct

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

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Criminology is experiencing a paradigm shift in theory and research that articulates a more interdisciplinary, biosocial mode of inquiry. Unfortunately, however, graduate-level criminal justice education rarely encompasses biosocial training. The current review is the first in a series of works that seeks to fill this biosocial training void by providing instruction on concepts in the biological sciences and neurosciences that have direct relevance to criminal justice education and criminology. Here we introduce endophenotypes and demonstrate their relevance to the study of crime using the self-control construct from Gottfredson and Hirschi's general theory. Because biosocial criminology is in its nascent stage, it is critical that biosocial criminologists provide service and instruction to their social science-trained colleagues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-376
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Law

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