Biosocial Interactions and Violence

A Focus on Perinatal Factors
  • Patricia A. Brennan
  • Sarnoff A. Mednick
  • Adrian Raine
Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 292)


In this chapter, we will be examining data within the framework of the biosocial model developed by Adrian Raine and presented earlier in this volume. In this model, the differential effects of biological and social factors on violence are considered in a systemic fashion. As outlined in the model, biological and social factors can act alone or in a variety of combinations to increase the risk for violent outcome. One of the neglected areas ofbiosocial research on violence is the examination of statistical interactions between biological and social factors (Brennan & Raine, in press). This chapter will focus on such interactions and on the role of perinatal factors in the outcome of early-onset aggression and persistent criminal violence.


Social Risk Violent Offender Perinatal Complication Central Nervous System Damage Family Instability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia A. Brennan
    • 1
  • Sarnoff A. Mednick
    • 2
  • Adrian Raine
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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