Child Maltreatment and Parricide

Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195176667
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979028 | DOI:
Child Maltreatment and Parricide

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This chapter discusses various types of abuse and neglect, given the pivotal role that child maltreatment plays in many cases of youths who kill parents. It defines four types of abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, and psychological) and three types of neglect (physical, emotional, and medical). Examples from parricide cases are utilized to aid understanding. The psychological and biological effects of early and extreme childhood maltreatment are explained, given their significance in human development. Research showing that severe abuse and neglect compromise individuals' abilities to think logically, to calm themselves, and to respond adaptively, particularly in high-stress situations, might be very relevant in understanding and in defending adolescent parricide offenders in the legal system.

Keywords: child abuse; adolescent parricide offenders; physical abuse; sexual abuse; verbal abuse; psychological abuse; child neglect

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