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ERIC Number: EJ776839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Weapons Used by Juveniles and Adult Offenders in U.S. Parricide Cases
Heide, Kathleen M.; Petee, Thomas A.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v22 n11 p1400-1414 2007
In recent decades, attention has focused on juveniles who kill their parents. Research has indicated that increases in juvenile homicide have been associated with the availability of firearms, but little is known about the weapons juveniles use to kill their parents and whether their weapon usage is different from that of adult children who kill their parents. This article uses Supplementary Homicide Report data for the 24-year period 1976 to 1999 to investigate weapons selected by parricide offenders to kill biological mothers and fathers. Significant differences were found in the weapons used in matricide and patricide incidents and in the weapons selected by juvenile and adult offenders. A comparison with an earlier study by Heide revealed that weapon usage in parricide events is stable. Differences found in both studies between weapons used to kill parents and offender age are consistent with a physical strength hypothesis proposed by Heide in 1993. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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