Handbook of Biology and Politics
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Handbook of Biology and Politics

Edited by Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit

The study of biology and politics (or biopolitics) has gained considerable currency in recent years, as articles on the subject have appeared in mainstream journals and books on the subject have been well received. The literature has increased greatly since the 1960s and 1970s, when this specialization first made an appearance. This volume assesses the contributions of biology to political science. Chapters focus on general biological approaches to politics, biopolitical contributions to mainstream areas within political science, and linkages between biology and public policy. The volume provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the subject.
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Chapter 20: Policy implications of biosocial research

Danielle Boisvert and Jamie C. Vaske


The biological and genetic contributions to antisocial and criminal behavior are now well documented. Based on these findings, there are many promising ways to use a biosocial framework to target antisocial behavior throughout the life course for prevention and intervention purposes. The current chapter reviews some of the policy implications of biosocial research with a particular focus on gene–intervention programs, biology/neuropsychology–intervention programs, pharmacological treatment options, nutritional supplements, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family intervention programs, and prenatal/early intervention programs.

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