Genetic Factors of Aggression

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1. Issue with genetic factors of aggression in terms of real world application

  • Provides an excuse for violent crimes, takes away their responsibility for the crime, this causes distress for the victims and their families and friends and is damaging for society as a whole
  • Mandel said that the theory was monocausal
  • Must be generalised with caution as its too simplistic
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2. Alternative model to the genetic factors in aggression

  • Diathesis Stress model
  • Social learning theory
  • Bandura's theory of vicarious reinforcement

3. Which study found that there was a significant number of adopted individuals with criminal convictions that had biological parents with criminal history?

  • Coccaro et al.
  • Plomin et al.
  • Hutchings and Mednick
  • Miles and Carey

4. Issue of Young et al.

  • Not specific enough in what gene mutates
  • Generalise with caution to humans
  • Too simplistic

5. Theilgaard's initial research found?

  • Inmates with an extra Y chromosome had increased aggressive thought patterns and decreased non-aggresive thought patterns
  • Only difference in males with an extra Y chromosome and their normal counterparts was height
  • There was a significant number of adopted individuals with criminal convictions that had biological parents with criminal history
  • Male members in a family that showed violent all had a defect MAOA gene and low levels of MAOA produced

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