Psychiatric genetics and forensic psychiatry: a review

Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1994;22(3):327-42.


Research in psychiatric genetics has been revolutionized by the development of new and powerful molecular genetic techniques. Family, twin, and adoption studies of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and criminality are reviewed, and ramifications of new research methods for the study of antisocial behavior are considered. Implications of these developments for forensic psychiatry are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / diagnosis
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / genetics*
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Criminal Psychology*
  • Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal
  • Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Molecular Biology / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States