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Understanding ParricideWhen Sons and Daughters Kill Parents$
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Kathleen M. Heide

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176667

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176667.001.0001

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Treating Severely Abused Parricide Offenders

Treating Severely Abused Parricide Offenders

(p.317) 14 Treating Severely Abused Parricide Offenders
Understanding Parricide

Kathleen M. Heide

Eldra Solomon

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the treatment of the severely abused parricide offender type. This type is the most common among adolescents who kill their parents and is the type with the most favorable prognosis. It first reviews the literature on the severely mentally ill parricide offender; on treating juvenile and adolescent homicide offenders; and on the treatment of adolescent parricide offenders (APO). It then discusses treatments for the severely abused APO. It focuses on two major aspects of treatment and the issues that accompany them. First, the APO's current crisis must be addressed. The youth must deal with the homicide and its aftermath with respect to himself and other family survivors. Second, treatment must focus on teaching the youth the skills he needs to cope more effectively with ongoing life events. Intervention must help the youth to resolve the traumatic experiences and their effects that propelled the violence. The youth's history of victimization in the home must be unraveled and resolved.

Keywords:   adolescent offenders, juvenile offenders, abused children, treatment

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