ERIC Number: ED312575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Heredity. Today's Delinquent, Volume 7.
Herrnstein, Richard J.; Farrington, David P.
This document presents two articles on the topic of the existence of genetic predisposition for delinquent behavior. In the first article, "The Individual Offender," Richard J. Herrnstein reviews the rich and rapidly growing body of research literature on the relationship between genes and the predisposition for certain social behaviors. He makes a strong case for continuing to study genetic structure in the quest to understand the development of human personality traits and in the effort to prevent juvenile delinquency through changes in social policy. He discusses changes that could be made in underlying assumptions about education. In the second article, "Psychobiological Factors in the Explanation and Reduction of Delinquency: Genetics, Intelligence, Morality and Personality," David P. Farrington indicates that the search for genetic answers to juvenile delinquency holds less promise for understanding individual offending than do more detailed study of neurotransmitters and more comprehensive neuropsychological studies. Farrington presents a preference for intervention programs leaning towards those that are aimed at changing the offender's thinking. He specifically cites the work of Robert Ross and his Reasoning and Rehabilitation Program in Canada. (ABL)
Descriptors: Delinquency, Delinquency Causes, Etiology, Genetics, Heredity, Intervention, Neurology, Physiology
National Center for Juvenile Justice, 701 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 ($12.00 prepaid; add $2.00 for postage and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Juvenile Justice, Pittsburgh, PA.