The Psychopathology of Crime: Criminal Behavior as a Clinical Disorder

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Academic Press, 1993 - Psychology - 377 pages
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This book takes an uncompromising look at how we define psychopathology and makes the argument that criminal behavior can and perhaps should be considered a disorder. Presenting sociological, genetic, neurochemical, brain-imaging, and psychophysiological evidence, it discusses the basis for criminal behavior and suggests, contrary to popular belief, that such behavior may be more biologically determined than previously thought. Key Features * Presents a new conceptual approach to understanding crime as a disorder * Is the most extensive review of biological predispositions to criminal behavior to date * Analyzes the familial and extra-familial causes of crime * Reviews the predispositions to crime including evolution and genetics, and the neuropsychological, psychophysiological, brain-imaging, neurochemical, and cognitive factors * Presents the practical implications of viewing crime as a psychopathology in the contexts of free will, punishment, treatment, and future biosocial research

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Contents

Crime in the Context of Evolution
27
Subtle Cheats
37
Evaluation of Evolutionary Perspectives
44
Copyright

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Adrian Raine is University Professor and the Richard Perry Professor of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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