Brain Morphology and Psychological Study in Children and Youth with Antisocial Behaviour
Introduction: In Georgia, antisocial behaviour (ASB) in children and adolescents is a public health issue. Despite this, no comprehensive investigation of the risk factors for ASB has been conducted that could help to prevent the disease from spreading.
The goal of this study is to conduct a systematic investigation of the constitutional and environmental risk factors in children and adolescents in Georgia who have a CD or AS inclination.
The Freiburg Personality Inventory was used to identify children and youth with an ASB propensity (AST) (FBI). A semi-structured clinical interview was used to assess the biological and psychosocial components that contribute to AST. Magnetic resonance imaging was used to investigate the anatomy and morphology of the brain (MRI).
Results: Most axial aspects of the DSM multi-axial system had significant abnormalities in children/youth with AST, but not in brain anatomy evaluated by MRI.
Conclusion: Early detection of ASB tendencies, as well as a link between certain psychiatric, medical, and family stress factors, will likely lower the number of children/youth with ASB and facilitate their social integration.
I. Beritashvili Centre of Experimental Biomedicine, Tbilisi, Georgia and Saint Andrew Georgian University (SANGU) Georgia Tbilisi, Georgia.