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No Easy Answers When It Comes to Gender and Violence

The latest research on how differences between the male and female brain contribute to sex differences in violence is explored in Violence and Gender, a new peer-reviewed journal.

In an article titled “Not Hardwired: The Complex Neurobiology of Sex Differences in Violence” — available free on the journal website —  Dr. Debra Niehoff describes how interconnected neural networks, multiple genes, and chemical signals such as hormones and neurotransmitters can be modified by environmental factors and influenced behavior.

Brain structure, function, and connectivity can all differ between men and women, affecting how they may change on exposure to stressful or abusive triggers.

Niehoff explains the interaction of how brains, genetics, and environmental influences can interact and serve as the genesis for violent behavior.

“This holistic view of the origin of violence means that reducing violence will not be a simple fix because it does not have a single origin or cause,” says Mary Ellen O’Toole, Ph.D., the editor of Violence and Gender. “The temptation to compare a male and female brain must be resisted because there is overlap between the two.”

Researchers believe additional investigations will provide greater insight and knowledge about the biological and environmental causes of violence.

With more knowledge will come answers; answers will lead to solutions, and with solutions will come prevention.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert

No Easy Answers When It Comes to Gender and Violence

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). No Easy Answers When It Comes to Gender and Violence. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 21, 2019, from
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