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Dysgenic fertility for criminal behaviour

  • Richard Lynn (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 July 2008

A sample of 104 British parents with criminal convictions had an average fertility of 3·91 children as compared with 2·21 for the general population. The result suggests that fertility for criminal behaviour is dysgenic involving an increase in the genes underlying criminal behaviour in the population.

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