Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk factors in serial killers and mass murderers
Allely, CS, Minnis, H, Thompson, L, Wilson, P and Gillberg, C 2014, 'Neurodevelopmental and psychosocial risk factors in serial killers and mass murderers' , Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19 (3) , pp. 288-301.
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Multiple and serial murders are rare events that have a very profound societal impact. We have conducted a systematic review, following PRISMA guidelines, of both the peer reviewed literature and of journalistic and legal sources regarding mass and serial killings. Our ﬁndings tentatively indicate that these extreme forms of violence may be a result of a highly complex interaction of biological, psychological and sociological factors and that, potentially, a signiﬁcant proportion of mass or serial killers may have had neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder or head injury. Research into multiple and serial murders is in its infancy: there is a lack of rigorous studies and most of the literature is anecdotal and speculative. Speciﬁc future study of the potential role of neurodevelopmental disorders in multiple and serial murders is warranted and, due to the rarity of these events, innovative research techniques may be required.
|Themes:||Health and Wellbeing|
|Schools:||Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Aggression and Violent Behavior|
|Funders:||Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre|
|Depositing User:||CS Allely|
|Date Deposited:||13 Oct 2014 16:59|
|Last Modified:||13 Jan 2016 11:27|
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