The relationship between childhood adversity and family murder by children

Show simple item record Moen, Melanie Carmen Bezuidenhout, Christiaan 2022-06-23T05:41:36Z 2022-06-23T05:41:36Z 2021
dc.description.abstract South Africa has notoriously high levels of violent crime. From 2016 to 2019 the number of murders committed by children in South Africa increased approximately sixteen-fold. Limited research is available on parricide in South Africa, solely related to children. Several parricide cases, which have recently been reported in the media, highlight the need for continued research in this field. The aim of this study was to determine the connection between childhood adversity and parricide by children and to highlight the importance of stable supporting environments to limit future violent crimes. Fifteen cases of children under the age of 18 years who murdered family members were included. Most of the children in this study were exposed to more than one type of adversity, which included poverty, neglect and abuse. Two case studies, which were analysed in-depth and integrated with the General Aggression Model (GAM), are presented in this article. The General Aggression Model postulates how a variety of repeated life experiences, such as being exposed to chronic adversity, can lead to the development of an aggressive temperament. en_US
dc.description.department Social Work and Criminology en_US
dc.description.librarian am2022 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Moen, M. & Bezuidenhout, C. 2021, 'The relationship between childhood adversity and family murder by children', Acta Criminologica, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 96-108, doi : 10.10520/ejc-crim_v34_n1_a7. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1012-8093
dc.identifier.other 10.10520/ejc-crim_v34_n1_a7
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CRIMSA en_US
dc.rights CRIMSA en_US
dc.subject Parricide en_US
dc.subject Family murder en_US
dc.subject Adversity en_US
dc.subject Childhood adversity en_US
dc.subject Aggression en_US
dc.subject Violence against parents en_US
dc.subject General aggression model en_US
dc.title The relationship between childhood adversity and family murder by children en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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