Adolescent Parricide in Abusive Families

Post, Shelley
September 1982
Child Welfare;Sep/Oct82, Vol. 61 Issue 7, p445
Academic Journal
The article discusses parricide resulting from a pattern of child abuse in a family, by examining family characteristics of four parricide cases, D. Stuart, G. Paul, M. Aaron and S. Margaret. It discusses several factors contributing to parricide including, extreme forms of abuse, inability of parents to tolerate emerging adolescence, suppression of anger in adolescents, and isolation perceived by the perpetrators due to violence at home. Perpetrators constricted by problem solving abilities, presence of weapons at home, and denial by other family members regarding the violence, is also discussed as a cause for parricidal behavior. It states that parricide by adolescents occurs when parental abuse is beyond tolerance, and that family and community are equally responsible for the problem.


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