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NCJ Number: 170963 Find in a Library
Title: Dangerously Antisocial Youths Who Kill Their Parents
Journal: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1995/96)  Pages:10-14
Author(s): K M Heide
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Adolescent parricide offenders are typically presented in the popular and professional literature as prosocial young people in fear of their lives, often killing to protect themselves and others from death or serious injury or to end the chronic abuse they and other family members suffer; some dangerously antisocial young people, however, kill their parents for selfish, instrumental reasons.
Abstract: The trial of Lyle and Eric Menendez, two affluent youths accused of the first-degree murder of their parents, captured worldwide attention. A key issue was whether they were abused as children or whether they killed for the inheritance money. The author believes the Menendez brothers do not fit the profile of the severely abused child and concludes mental health professionals who evaluate adolescents charged with killing one or both parents need to systematically determine whether a case has characteristics typically associated with the severely abused child. The mere allegation of abuse by an adolescent parricide offender should not be treated as proof of its existence, and substantiation of abuse should not be considered dispositive on the issue of motivation. Although the professional literature indicates the typical adolescent parricide offender can be safely returned to society, the prognosis for successful reintegration into society is poor if the young person does not have an internalized value system. 21 references
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse as crime factor; Child victims; Family homicide; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile victims; Murder; Patricide; Social reintegration; Victims of violent crime; Violence causes
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