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Parricides in the media: a content analysis of available reports across cultures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16837452     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article is a content analysis of news reports of parricide cases occurring worldwide. An extensive search of online databases found coverage of more than 200 cases of children killing parents reported in the news media. Data pertaining to incidents, case-related variables (e.g., weapons used, other charges), and the processing of offenders from the initial charge through conviction and sentencing are examined. To the extent possible, media accounts are used to classify cases according to motive and Heide's three types of parricide offenders. Twelve significant differences are discussed between U.S. and non-U.S. cases of parricide with respect to characteristics of parricide incidents, motives and other areas of clinical interest in reported parricide offenders, and Heide's typology. The article concludes with a discussion of media representations of the phenomenon versus the actual occurrence, several observations that emerged from these news accounts, and directions for future research.
Denise Paquette Boots; Kathleen M Heide
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0306-624X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-13     Completed Date:  2006-08-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0333601     Medline TA:  Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  418-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
The University of Texas at Dallas, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Cultural Comparison
Mass Media*
Middle Aged
Parent-Child Relations*

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