Problem

Congenital criminal characteristics

Other Names:
Genetically determined anti-social behaviour
Crime genes
Nature:
Some scientists think that certain genetic characteristics may give rise to a predisposition to criminal or violent behaviour. Some people may be genetically ill-equipped to cope with frustration or other emotional crises. The impairment of intelligence caused by chromosome defects may give rise to sociopathic behaviour in individuals. Neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine may also play a role in provoking violent behaviour.
Counter Claim:
The chromosome theory of criminality has been shown more clearly to be what it always was - a lot of hot air. This is just as well, since there must be about 20,000 XYY adult males in the UK alone living normally and doing no harm to anyone.
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET