Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Anti-social behaviour 'inherited'

BBC News
Tuesday, 24 May, 2005

Anti-social behaviour 'inherited'

Anti-social behaviour in some children could be the result of their genetic make-up, a study says.
UK research on twins suggests children with early psychopathic tendencies, such as lack of remorse, are likely to have inherited it from their parents.

These young children may also display inherited anti-social behaviour, the Institute of Psychiatry team found.


Professor Marian Fitzgerald, visiting professor of criminology at the University of Kent, said this early-onset anti-social behaviour was different from that seen more commonly among teens aged 15-17.

"Most people who get involved in crime and anti-social behaviour are not genetically predisposed..."

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At 5:22 PM, Blogger Mira de Vries said...

Aside from all the other reasons that these "studies" are invalid, is that twins are more likely than single neonates to have suffered placental insufficiency, prematurity, birth trauma, etc. These disadvantages often affect one of the twins more than the other (including when they're identical), and may continue to affect them the rest of their lives.

I wonder how these researchers establish whether the twins are identical or fraternal, unless they aren't the same sex. Do they use DNA tests on all of those children? I doubt it, as that would be much too cumbersome and costly.

In any case, obviously, these "studies" are deeply flawed methodologically, and serve no other purpose than to attract gov't funding for the immensely popular field of genetics.


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