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The effects of social factors and environmental neurotoxicity on higher crime rates

Segall, Racquel (2015) The effects of social factors and environmental neurotoxicity on higher crime rates. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

Social factors have always been the leading predictor of crime rates in the United States, but environmental factors such as heavy metals are now also being linked to crime rates. Social factors including sufficient financial income, a safe living environment, a supportive family, and adequate education have the greatest impact on whether or not a child will grow up to lead a successful life. Although, with more research there have been links between environmental factors, specifically heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and life outcome. Heavy metals have been directly associated with causing neurotoxicity, specifically in young children. Neurotoxicity has been linked with mental instability and aggressive behavior; common traits of individuals who commit crimes. There has also been a correlation between individuals living in low income housing and facing higher exposures to heavy metals, in both urban and rural areas. The Public Health significance is that individually social factors and environmental factors are leading to crime rates, although together they increase the risk of criminal behavior. Two cases of individuals exposed to both detrimental environmental factors (mercury and lead) and social factors are examined in this essay showing how individuals are more susceptible to neurotoxicity and criminal activity when exposed to both.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Segall, Racquel
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeterson, Jamesjimmyp@pitt.eduJIMMYPUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPearce, Lindalip10@pitt.eduLIP10UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRyan, Neal D.nryan@pitt.eduNRYANUNSPECIFIED
Date: 20 April 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2017 14:58
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/24969

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