The Psychopathology of Crime - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125761550, 9780080572512

The Psychopathology of Crime

1st Edition

Criminal Behavior as a Clinical Disorder

Authors: Adrian Raine
Paperback ISBN: 9780125761550
eBook ISBN: 9780080572512
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st April 1997
Page Count: 377
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This lauded bestseller, now available in paperback, takes an uncompromising look at how we define psychopathology and makes the argument that criminal behavior can and perhaps should be considered a disorder. Presenting sociological, genetic, neurochemical, brain-imaging, and psychophysiological evidence, it discusses the basis for criminal behavior and suggests, contrary to popular belief, that such behavior may be more biologically determined than previously thought.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Presents a new conceptual approach to understanding crime as a disorder

  • Provides the most extensive review of biological predispositions to criminal behavior to date
  • Presents the practical implications of viewing crime as a psychopathology in the contexts of free will, punishment, treatment, and future biosocial research
  • Includes numerous tables and figures throughout
  • Contains an extensive reference list
  • Analyzes the familial and extra-familial causes of crime
  • Reviews the predispositions to crime including evolution and genetics, and the neuropsychological, psychophysiological, brain-imaging, neurochemical, and cognitive factors


Researchers, professors, graduate and advanced undergraduate students in sociology, social psychology/personality, clinical psychology, criminal justice, social work, cognition, and genetics.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Crime and the Nature of Psychopathology: Introduction. Defining Psychopathology. Overview of Definitions and Their Fit to Criminal Behavior. Construct Validity Approach to Psychopathology. Summary.

Chapter 2. Crime in the Context of Evolution: Introduction. Concepts in Sociobiolical Theory. The Prisoners' Dilemma. Suckers, Cheats and Grudgers. The Survival of Cheats. Subtle Cheats. Anthropological Studies. Sociobiological Theories of Antisocial Personality Disorder. Rape and Homicide. Evaluation of Evolutionary Perspectives. Summary.

Chapter 3. Genetics and Crime: Introduction. Ten Misconceptions about the Genetics of Crime. Twin Methodology. Evidence from Twin Studies. Limitations of Twin Studies. Identical Twins Reared Apart. Adoption Study Methodology. Evidence from Adoption Studies. Key Questions for Genetics Research on Crime. Summary.

Chapter 4. Neurochemistry: General Introduction. Introduction to Neurotransmitters. Drug Manipulation of Neurotransmitters in Humans. Meta-analysis of Neurotransmitter Levels in Antisocial Populations. Discussion of Key Findings. Integration of Neurochemical Research with Existing Perspectives on Antisocial Behavior. Recommendations for Future Neurochemical Research. Summary.

Chapter 5. Neuropsychology: General Introduction. Introduction to Neuropsychology. Limitations in the Application


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About the Author

Adrian Raine


@qu:"This is an extremely informative, thoughtful and illuminating book that should be read by every open-minded scholar who is interested in the causes of crime and antisocial behaviour...the whole book is a tour de force in its masterly reviews of the literature on biology and crime." @source:--David P. Farrington, in PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE @qu:"Raines book presents an exemplary summary of the available evidence on all the risk factors for criminality that have been studied along more or less scientific lines, both biological and environmental. His scholarship is impeccable; he relies throughout on experimental (or at least empirical) evidence, is able to assess its evidential and probative value, and threads his way carefully through the forest of overlapping categories--criminal and psychopathic, schizotypal personality, etc. He is careful to introduce biological terms and constructs before discussing their relation to crime, and always gives both sides of any controversy that has arisen. The book sets a standard that will be difficult to surpass.... It is clear that there must exist neurochemical, hormonal, psychophysiological, and other biological structures and functions acting as intermediaries between DNA and criminal behavior. It is in discussion of these factors, which makes up the major part of the book, that Raine shines; it is here that his expertise is most manifest.... The book can be safely recommended as an excellent summary of the known facts in this tantalizing field...The book is outstandingly successful." @source:--H.J. EYSENCK, University of London in CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY @qu:"I enjoyed reading the book and learned much from it. To my knowledge there is nothing like it available. It exhaustively reviews the recent literature on the psychological and physiological characteristics of serious criminal offenders. Raine brilliantly compresses a huge, complex, unwieldy, and occasionally unclear