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‘It could just be an additional test couldn’t it?’:genetic testing for susceptibility to aggression and violence

Levitt, Mairi and Pieri, Elisa (2009) ‘It could just be an additional test couldn’t it?’:genetic testing for susceptibility to aggression and violence. New Genetics and Society, 28 (2). pp. 189-200. ISSN 1469-9915

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Abstract

Much of the current genetic research into aggressive and violent behaviour focuses on young people and might appear to offer the hope of targeted prediction and intervention. In the UK data is collected on children from various agencies and collated to produce ‘at risk of offending’ identities used to justify intervention. Information from behavioural genetic tests could conceivably be included. Regulatory frameworks for collecting, storing and using information from DNA samples differ between the health service and the police particularly in the need for consent and the treatment of children. This paper draws on discussions with professionals involved with ‘problem’ young people to consider their views on the utility of genetic research for tackling violent/aggressive behaviour and the impact an identification of genetic susceptibility might have on their clients.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: New Genetics and Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: Behavioural genetics Crime Young people
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 19948
Deposited By: Dr Mairi Levitt
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2008 16:24
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 31 May 2013 12:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/19948

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