Parricide, the killing of parents by their children, is one of the rarest types of murder. Studies have shown that most perpetrators of parricide are sons, are psychotic, and use violent methods to murder the victim. Although studies have examined factors associated with parricide, research investigating characteristics of male parricide versus female parricide is scant. Therefore, this study seeks to fill in this gap. The study uses an adolescent and adult sample from Southern California. It is a four-group design (male matricide, male patricide, female matricide, female patricide) that includes 18 cases that occurred between 1990 and 2015. Data were collected from news publications and court documents. Pilot analyses show differences between male parricide and female parricide in weapon choice, motivation, and mental illness. Findings have implications for research and prevention and intervention.
|Advisor:||Schug, Robert A.|
|Commitee:||Scott-Hayward, Christine S., Vickovic, Samuel G.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/8(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Criminology, Personality psychology|
|Keywords:||Homicide, Matricide, Parricide, Patricide|
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