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NCJ Number: 151727 Find in a Library
Title: Children Who Kill
Journal: Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:26  Issue:1  Dated:(January-June 1994)  Pages:38-42
Author(s): S Metcalf
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This discussion of child murderers in several countries concludes that early intervention and treatment to reduce the risk even a little will be cost-effective for the community as well as humanitarian for the individual.
Abstract: Despite the awareness that children can have strong negative emotions, murders by children as opposed to adolescents are rare. One comparison of 13 juvenile murderers and violent and nonviolent incarcerated juvenile delinquents confirmed that, with few exceptions, juvenile murderers usually have extensive aggressive histories prior to the murder. Several studies indicate that these children come from dysfunctional and sometimes chaotic homes and often have experienced neglect, physical abuse, or abandonment. In addition, many studies indicate that violent juveniles are likely to commit adult aggressive offenses. Nearly all violent adult criminals have histories of juvenile violence. Efforts are needed to further understand the nature of aggression in children and violence in adolescents and to find useful interventions and methods of prevention to reduce abuse, change behavior patterns, improve opportunities for cognitively disadvantaged children, and provide appropriate medical assessment and treatment. 13 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile murderers
Index Term(s): Home environment; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Parental influence
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