Neurobiology of Violence, Second Edition

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Models to explain violence and criminal behavior reflect a variety of theoretical orientations and have all been influenced by social and cultural variables. Views of crime and violence have historically ranged from conceptualizing man as inherently “bad,” on the one extreme, to describing criminal behavior as a reaction to environmental and social phenomena. This latter view sees the criminal as a helpless and passive victim of his surroundings. In all of these hypotheses, definition of criminality have changed and undergone continual revision.

J Clin Psychiatry 2004;65(5):727