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By: Don McCann & Eldra Solomon

In: Why Kids Kill Parents: Child Abuse and Adolescent Homicide

Chapter 10: Intervention after the Tragedy

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Intervention after the Tragedy
Intervention after the tragedy
DonMcCann and EldraSolomon

IDEALLY, INTERVENTION COMES before problems at home escalate into homicide, but unfortunately, society often does not intervene until a family's problems can no longer be ignored. When murder occurs, society has no choice but to respond.

Society's first response to parricide is a legal one; the determination of the adolescent's guilt or innocence may take a year or more. During this period, the youth is likely to be held in a juvenile detention center or, in some states, in an adult jail. Only after the youth's conviction (or rare exoneration) is therapeutic intervention typically considered.

Therapeutic intervention should begin immediately after the tragedy. Delay in addressing the issues that led to the homicide is undesirable. Because APOs are ...

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