Disentangling possible effects of childhood physical abuse on gray matter changes in violent offenders with psychopathy

Abstract

Violent offenders with psychopathy present a lifelong pattern of callousness and aggression and fail to benefit from rehabilitation programs. This study presents the first, albeit preliminary, evidence suggesting that some of the structural brain anomalies distinguishing violent offenders with psychopathy may result from physical abuse in childhood. 
DOI: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2013.11.008

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