The Violence of the Lambs

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Science  28 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5479, pp. 580-581
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5479.580

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Researchers are increasingly coming to view violence as the end result of multiple risk factors that may include a biological vulnerability that can be brought out or reinforced by social environment. Longitudinal studies are demonstrating that children who become chronically violent adults generally are difficult from early childhood. But just which early risk factors are most powerful, and how they interact, is proving very tough to sort out.