Psychopharmacology of violent behavior in adolescents

Shirley Portuguese, Gil Zalsman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aim of this review is to discuss the biological basis for the pharmacotherapy of violence in adolescents. The current and updated views on the etiology, biochemistry and neuroanatomy of violence in youth are presented. Concepts in the treatment and the pharmacological agents that are used both in short and long term are discussed and we conclude with some of recent findings in the exciting field of genetics of violence. The review emphasizes that treatment should always combine a socio-psycho-biological and multi-disciplinary approach, because any single treatment for violence cannot stands on its own.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003


  • Genetics of violence
  • Israel
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Violent behavior


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