Journal of Biosocial Science

Research Article

Dysgenic fertility for criminal behaviour

Richard Lynna1

a1 University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland


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.

(Received June 30 1994)