Eme, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Illinois School of
Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Schaumburg recently published an
article entitled “Evolutionary Roots of the Sex Difference in the Prevalence of
Severe Antisocial Behavior: A Literature Review” in the journal Psychology and Cognitive Sciences.
It has been well-established that males exceed females in the most severe manifestations of
anti-social behavior. The biological and environmental causes of this sex difference have received
considerable attention. However, the evolutionary roots of this behavior have received
far less attention. This review presented the evolutionary perspective on the reasons for the sex
difference in severe anti-social behavior. It utilizes a life-history framework approach which is a
branch of evolutionary theory that addresses the way organisms allocate time and resources to
the various activities that comprise their life cycle.