Forensic Assessment of Parricide Offenders

Kathleen M. Heide

in Understanding Parricide

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195176667
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979028 | DOI:
Forensic Assessment of Parricide Offenders

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This chapter discusses the importance of a thorough evaluation by a mental health professional of individuals charged with killing a parent. It emphasizes the need for corroborative sources and identifies necessary components of an evaluation. These include an assessment of the individual's level of personality development. It presents the main tenets and levels of a personality theory used widely in the classification of offenders, the Interpersonal Level of Maturity Theory. This theory is very helpful when one is attempting to understand the dynamics that led an individual to engage in violence, determine the credibility of the person's statements, and chart appropriate intervention strategies. The discussion also includes ways of identifying parricide offenders whose destructive and violent behavior appears characterologically based; this individual is referred to as the nihilistic killer.

Keywords: mental health professionals; psychological evaluations; patricide offenders; personality development; Interpersonal Level of Maturity Theory; violent behavior

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