The field of Domestic Violence research has expanded considerably in the past decade and now includes work conducted by researchers in many different disciplines, notably political science, public health, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, family studies, and medicine. The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field, organized by relationship type. The handbook addresses the three major areas of research on domestic violence: (1) Violence against partners; (2) Violence against children; and (3) Violence against other family members. This Handbook is a unique and timely publication and a long awaited, valuable resource for the vast amount of Domestic Violence research centres and individual researchers across the globe. Part 1: Men's Violence Against Women; Part 2: Women's Violence Against Men; Part 3: Violence Against Partners in Homosexual Relationships; Part 4: Mothers' Violence Against Children; Part 5: Father's Violence Against Children; Part 6: Other Circumstances of Neglect, Abuse, and Violence Against Children; Part 7: Violence Against Siblings; Part 8: Violence Against Parents; and Part 9: Violence Against Other Family Members.

Killing of Stepparents by Stepchildren

Killing of Stepparents by Stepchildren

Killing of stepparents by stepchildren
Phillip C. Shon

Introduction

Parricide, whether committed by a biological offspring against a biological parent or by a stepoffspring against a stepparent, does not occur in a sociocultural vacuum, and neither is it necessarily an expression of individual-level psychopathology; it is also not merely genetic, motivated by unflinching self-interest and the instinctual desire to enhance one's fitness. Parricides should be understood relative to the overall levels of violence in a society and general homicide rates, in addition to the social and cultural conditions in which they occur. To be more precise, as current estimates of parricide rates are too low to be meaningfully compared except for a few national-level calculations (see Holt, ...

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