Why Kids Kill Parents: Child Abuse and Adolescent Homicide

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A tragic portrait of adolescents who kill their parents is revealed in this volume: these young people almost always kill out of desperation as they are almost always victims of severe child abuse, neglect and dysfunctional parenting.

Drawing upon her experience as a clinician, expert witness and scholar, the author asserts that a combination of interconnected problems creates the conditions for parricide, including: severe sexual, physical and//or verbal abuse of the child; ...

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Overview

A tragic portrait of adolescents who kill their parents is revealed in this volume: these young people almost always kill out of desperation as they are almost always victims of severe child abuse, neglect and dysfunctional parenting.

Drawing upon her experience as a clinician, expert witness and scholar, the author asserts that a combination of interconnected problems creates the conditions for parricide, including: severe sexual, physical and//or verbal abuse of the child; escalating violence in the family; and increasing vulnerability of the child to stressors in the home.

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Criminologist and psychotherapist Kathleen Heide focuses on families that breed violence and the relationship between patricide and child abuse. A discussion of maltreatment, who kills, youths at risk, and legal and psychological issues is followed by three detailed case studies and a discussion of intervention, society's contributions to both the problems and solutions. First published in 1992 by Ohio State University Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814205631
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Pages: 197
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Heide is a Full Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Tampa and is an internationally recognized consultant on adolescent homicide and family violence. She is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Florida and has been court-appointed as an expert in Florida Circuit Courts in homicide, sexual battery, juvenile, and family matters. Dr. Heide's publication record includes more than 100 publications and presentations in the areas of adolescent homicide, family violence, personality assessment, and juvenile justice, along with two books - Why Kids Kill Parents (1992) and Young Killers (1999). She received her B.A. from Vassar College in Psychology and her M.A. and Ph.D in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany.

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
I Parricide: Facts and Issues 1
1 The Phenomenon of Parricide 3
2 Child Maltreatment and Parricide 19
3 Which Youths Kill 33
4 Youths at Risk 44
5 Legal and Psychological Issues 54
II Case Studies 65
6 Assessment and Its Implications 67
7 Peter Jones 74
8 Scott Anders 92
9 Patty Smith 111
III Implications, Practical Suggestions, and Future Directions 137
10 Intervention after the Tragedy 139
11 Society's Role 151
Appendix: Analysis of Parricide Offenders by Juvenile versus Adult Status 163
Notes 165
Bibliography 181
Index 193
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