47, XYY Karyotype and Borderline Personality Disorder: An Italian Judicial Case and a Review of the Literature
1Department of Legal Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry, Director of Residency Education for the Section of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Department of Bio-Technologies and Life Sciences, Director of the Forensic Psychiatric Unit, University of Insubria, Varese-Como, Via O. Rossi 9, 21100, Varese, Italy
2Department of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Department of Bio-Technologies and Life Sciences, Member of the Forensic Psychiatric Unit, University of Insubria- Varese, Via O. Rossi 9, 21100, Varese, Italy
- *Corresponding Author:
- Laura Re
Department of Forensic and Legal
Medicine Department of Bio-Technologies
and Life Sciences Member of the Forensic
Psychiatric Unit, University of Insubria-Varese
Via O. Rossi 9, 21100, Varese, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 08, 2015; Accepted Date: July 16, 2015; Published Date: July 21, 2015
Citation: Birkhoff JM, Re L, Torri D (2015) 47, XYY Karyotype and Borderline Personality Disorder: An Italian Judicial Case and a Review of the Literature. J Child Adolesc Behav 3:220. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000220
Copyright: © 2015 Birkhoff JM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
During the 1960s and the 1970s, some studies postulated that Jacobs' Syndrome can lead to aggressive and/or criminal behavior, but the statistical certainty was questioned. In the 1990s new discoveries in neuroscience and genetics brought new attention to a possible biological component of deviance. In this context forensic psychiatrists were required to express opinions about a young Italian man afflicted by 47,XYY karyotype (Jacobs’ Syndrome) and Borderline Personality Disorder who had frequent violent behaviors against his relatives, being therefore accused of “abuse against family members or partners” (art. 572 Italian Penal Code). The Court disposed for an evaluation of his mental conditions, his imputability and his possible social dangerousness, analyzing the influences on behavior from both his mental and genetic conditions.