Children Who Murder

Overview

Due to the extensive changes in family structure such as the increase of single parent families, a high divorce rate, and the decline of the extended family, support systems for young children are in decline. This decline disrupts the support systems' ability to shape children's prosocial values. Because of the fear of lawsuits and limited financial resources, community services and schools no longer provide the framework needed to balance changes in the contemporary family structure. This book provides insight ...

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Overview

Due to the extensive changes in family structure such as the increase of single parent families, a high divorce rate, and the decline of the extended family, support systems for young children are in decline. This decline disrupts the support systems' ability to shape children's prosocial values. Because of the fear of lawsuits and limited financial resources, community services and schools no longer provide the framework needed to balance changes in the contemporary family structure. This book provides insight into voids that have created social skills affecting this young population using an integrative approach to examine the casual factors of violent behavior in preteens. It offers suggestions for alleviating some of the causative factors that have created this nationwide problem.

Changes in family structure, the role of the community, the educational philosophy of schools, and the juvenile justice system are discussed as examples of casual factors of violent behavior in preteens. This timely book uses an integrative approach to examine these factors as well as to discuss the changes in the juvenile justice system in terms of punishment, treatment, and rehabilitation. A direct response to current events such as the Columbine shooting and recent elementary school shootings, Children Who Murder will be of interest to practitioners, educators, guidance and educational counselors, lawyers, and parents.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[H]ighlights the need for more research and understanding in this area."

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The Journal of the National Association for Youth Justice

"Though scholarly, this timely book is easily accessible to the undergraduate. All psychology collections."

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Choice

"[T]hey provide a thorough review of what little we do know, establishing a nice starting point for future research….[i]t reveals the need for criminological theory and research to consider and incorporate psychological perspectives. Perhaps it is only when we simultaneously consider multiple disciplinary perspectives that we will begin to understand this most incomprehensible phenomenon."

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Criminal Justice Review

Booknews
While the frequency of murders by pre-teens is low, studies have historically neglected them or lumped them in with murders by adolescents. This study is concerned with how young killers are dealt with by the criminal justice system, including judges, lawyers, social welfare agencies, and child advocacy groups. It also considers issues such as media coverage and public perception of children who kill, as well as problems related to "one size fits all" legislation; the current trend appears to be toward trying child murderers as adults, even though understanding their motives and intent is very difficult. Heckel is professor emeritus in psychology at the U. of South Carolina, and Shumaker is a doctoral candidate at the school. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313361081
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT V. HECKEL is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina.

DAVID M. SHUMAKER is a doctoral candidate in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword VII
Introduction XIX
Part I The Research 1
1 Who Are They? 3
2 What Are They Like? 19
3 Who Will Kill? 31
4 By What Means Are They Dealt? 53
Part II Developmental Issues 65
5 Moral Development 67
6 The Changing Family 83
Part III Assessment and Interventions 99
7 Assessment 101
8 Treatment and Rehabilitation 121
9 Prevention 141
Summary and Conclusions 155
References 163
Index 175
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