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The Effects of Environmental Pressure and Genetic Predisposition to Temperamental Behavior

Violent crime can be considered a social epidemic in our society. Although the idea that violence has biological components is not a new one, recent research in genetics has helped to clarify it. However, environmental pressures are essential for an individual to develop violent behavior. In this study, we use a Mendelian model of two alleles at a single locus, where A and a represents low and high predisposition to temperamental behavior. We use a stochastic compartmental model to investigate the dynamics of the population by controlling the environmental and genetic factors and incorporating the effect of interaction with violent people. This study of the dynamics of the population allows us to predict changes in parameters, which in turn may decrease temperamental behavior individuals in the next generations.

Article Number:
BU-1622-M

Year:
2002

Authors:
Bárbara Rivera, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
Griselle Torres-García, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
Alicia Urdapilleta, Mills College
Carlos M. Hernández-Suárez, Universidad de Colima - Mexico

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