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The Phenomenon of Parricide

Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195176667
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176667.003.0001
The Phenomenon of Parricide

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This chapter discusses the phenomenon of parricide. It begins with vignettes highlighting several parricide cases in order to demonstrate the variety of circumstances in which child, adolescent, and adult offenders have killed their parents. It reviews critical legal and developmental issues, as parricide offenders include young children, adolescents, and adults. It then presents the typology of parricide offenders that were proposed in 1992. Case examples are used to facilitate understanding of three types of parricide offenders: the severely abused, the dangerously antisocial, and the severely mentally ill. These three types have stood the test of time, as referenced in the publications of other researchers and clinicians. The chapter concludes by exploring evolving changes in society's response to adolescent parricide offenders since the 1980s.

Keywords: parricide offenders; adolescents; teenagers; abused children; antisocial; mentally ill

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