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The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality takes a contemporary approach to address the sociological and the biological positions of human behavior by allowing preeminent scholars in criminology to speak to the effects of each on a range of topics. The text aims to facilitate an open and honest debate between the more traditional criminologists who focus primarily on environmental factors and contemporary biosocial criminologists who examine the interplay between biology/genetics and environmental factors.

A Biosocial Review on Childhood Antisocial Behavior
A biosocial review on childhood antisocial behavior
Chris L.GibsonUniversity of Florida
Elise T.CostaUniversity of Florida
Introduction

The emergence of early and persistent childhood conduct problems is arguably the largest “red flag” for antisocial behavior and violent offending in adulthood (see Moffitt, 1993). Not all children who exhibit behavioral problems in childhood grow up to become maladaptive adults, but it is often the case that maladaptive, antisocial, and violent behavior that continues into mid adulthood has its origins in early childhood. As the old saying goes, “past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.”

Research has consistently shown that roughly 10% of youth account for a disproportionate amount of antisocial and violent behavior (Moffitt, 1993; Wolfgang, Figlio, & Sellin, 1972). Research has ...

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