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Some Ethical Considerations About the Use of Biomarkers for the Classification of Adult Antisocial Individuals

Jurjako, Marko and Malatesti, Luca and Brazil, Inti (2018) Some Ethical Considerations About the Use of Biomarkers for the Classification of Adult Antisocial Individuals. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. ISSN 1499-9013

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Abstract

It has been argued that a biomarker-informed classification system for antisocial individuals has the potential to overcome many obstacles in current conceptualizations of forensic and psychiatric constructs and promises better targeted treatments. However, some have expressed ethical worries about the social impact of the use of biological information for classification. Many have discussed the ethical and legal issues related to possibilities of using biomarkers for predicting antisocial behavior. We argue that prediction should not raise the most pressing ethical worries. Instead, issues connected with “biologization”, such as stigmatization and negative effects on self-image, need more consideration. However, we conclude that also in this respect there are no principled ethical objections against the use of biomarkers to guide classification and treatment of adult antisocial individuals.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Jurjako, Markomjurjako@uniri.hr0000-0002-7252-8627
Malatesti, Lucalmalatesti@ffri.hr0000-0001-9911-0637
Brazil, Inti0000-0001-5824-0902
Additional Information: Made open access by the Croatian Science Foundation (project CEASCRO, grant 8071)
Keywords: Classification of antisocial behavior, biomarkers, bioprediction, ethical issues, stigma
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Science and Society
Depositing User: Mr Marko Jurjako
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 04:03
Last Modified: 25 May 2019 12:55
Item ID: 15474
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
Publisher: Routledge: Francis and Taylor
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14999...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/14999013.2018.1485188
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Science and Society
Date: 2018
ISSN: 1499-9013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15474

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