The Nature and Nurture of Antisocial Outcomes

The Nature and Nurture of Antisocial Outcomes
Kevin M. Beaver
September 2008

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-300-4 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 180 pages

Price   $60.00


Beaver introduces the reader to biosocial criminology, including the ways in which genes and the environment combine together to produce different antisocial outcomes. He then proceeds to provide an empirical examination of the genetic underpinnings to criminal behaviors by analyzing data drawn from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The results of the analyses provide some evidence indicating that antisocial phenotypes are due to interactions between genetic and environmental factors. Beaver concludes with a call for criminologists and other social scientists to adopt a biosocial perspective to the study of human behavior.

About the Author

Kevin M. Beaver is an assistant professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. He received his PhD in 2006 from the University of Cincinnati and was awarded the Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice. His current research examines the ways in which the environment intersects with biological and genetic factors to produce delinquent and criminal behaviors. He has published more than thirty refereed articles and book chapters.