Means to Reduce Violence May Start in Utero

In UteroVia ScienceDaily:

It’s hard to think of a baby being violent or destructive, but the seeds of violence may be planted before a child is born, according to research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Attention to health factors as early as the prenatal stage could prevent violence in later life, reports Penn Nursing Assistant Professor Jianghong Liu, PhD, RN, in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior.

Recent research demonstrates a biological basis of crime, says Dr. Liu. “‘Biological’ does not mean only genetic factors,” she explains, “but also health factors, such as nutritional deficiency and lead exposure, which influence biological processes.” Dr. Liu’s study emphasizes the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal periods, which are critical times for both a child’s neuro-development and for environmental modifications …

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9 Comments on "Means to Reduce Violence May Start in Utero"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Feb 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm |

    A good place to start is to not have any more kids than you can afford to actually raise. 

    That option seems to have totally eluded guys like Rick Santorum, who seem to believe that the invisible hand of the market will come to the rescue with perfectly matched adoptions, but I don’t see it.

    Maybe there should be something like a public registry of abortion opponents who will be legally required to take in a kid, no questions asked, when the need arises.  Put there money where their mouth is, so to speak.

    Then again, that could be more brutal on the adopted kids than anything else.

    • rileyrifle | Feb 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm |

      The problem there lies with the reason most people speak out against abortion (and, frequently, birth control as well). Most of the opponents of abortion don’t really care about the fetus in question, instead they are bent on controlling women or “punishing” those who dare to engage in sex for reasons other than procreation. If they were really concerned about the moral ramifications then they would support birth control use. However, many also oppose birth control use. THIS is the bit that is telling, as both abstinence AND birth control use reduce the need for abortion.

      However, this rant is completely off-topic. The topic is of course whether or not exposure to toxic chemicals, either in utero or in early infancy, can cause violent behavior in the person in question at a later date. While this may have some bearing on violent behavior, it seems slightly more likely that this is a correlation rather than an actual cause. People who either don’t care about their unborn/newborn’s exposure to these chemicals or are ignorant of the problems they cause are probably more likely to raise violent people because of their lack of concern for their child or because of their simple lack of education.

  2. This sounds laudable on the surface, but I have concerns that this sort of interest will quickly turn into some sort of state involved eugenics program.

    We’ve already been through that in this country and I would prefer we don’t repeat the mistake.

    Further, I reject the article’s sentiment that we necessarily need to reduce the level of violence in our society.

    • Anarchy Pony | Feb 22, 2012 at 11:40 pm |

      Sounds like a scheme to make the populace meek and averse to resistance against the ruling classes.

      • razzlebathbone | Feb 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm |

        Then let’s force pregnant women to consume as much lead and nicotine as possible. That’ll show the ruling classes who’s boss.

    • Eric_D_Read | Feb 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm |

      Dysgenics would be more likely today. Why spend so much time and money dumbing people down and training them to be weak-minded and timid when you can just engineer them that way.

  3. This goes hand in hand with the criminalization of male thought and behavior.

  4. Marklar_Prime | Feb 23, 2012 at 3:29 am |

    Great, TSA screening at the ob/gyn.

  5. How far will they go to Numb the mind to control the Masses?  Will the elite subject their children in the same manner?  Is this an answer to crowded prisons or a form of slavery?  Will they eventually stop just short of a person only being happy to work, eat and sleep?  Removing all desires that make us human?

    Just a thought……

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