Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 27, Issue 8, pp 715–730 | Cite as

Self-Reported Violent Offending Among Subjects with Genius-Level IQ Scores

  • J. C. Oleson
  • Rachael Chappell


While research indicates offenders have IQ scores approximately eight points below the population average of 100, very little is known about the crimes of individuals with above-average IQ scores. The current research is not limited to acts of family violence, but it describes the self-reported offending of 465 high-IQ subjects for eight violent crimes: robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, making a serious threat, serious assault, homicide, constructing an explosive device, kidnapping, and attempting suicide. Rates of prevalence and incidence are reported and compared to the rates from a control group of 756 individuals with average IQ scores. High-IQ subjects reported higher rates of prevalence, incidence, and arrest, but lower levels of conviction, than controls. A significant positive correlation exists for offenders between IQ score and lifetime incidence rate for robbery, homicide, and kidnapping, and a significant negative correlation exists between IQ score and incidence of attempted suicide.


IQ Genius Intelligence Violence Crime 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Faculties of Law and ArtsUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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