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A case study of paternal filicide-suicide : personality disorder, motives, and victim choice

Frédéric Declercq UGent, Reitske Meganck UGent and Kurt Audenaert UGent (2017) JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. 151(1). p.36-48
abstract
Although evidence with respect to its prevalence is mixed, it is clear that fathers perpetrate a serious proportion of filicide. There also seems to be a consensus that paternal filicide has attracted less research attention than its maternal counterpart and is therefore less well understood. National registries are a very rich source of data, but they generally provide limited information about the perpetrator as psychiatric, psychological and behavioral data are often lacking. This paper presents a fully documented case of a paternal filicide. Noteworthy is that two motives were present: spousal revenge as well as altruism. The choice of the victim was in line with emerging evidence indicating that children with disabilities in general and with autism in particular are frequent victims of filicide-suicide. Finally, a schizoid personality disorder was diagnosed. Although research is quite scarce on that matter, some research outcomes have showed an association between schizoid personality disorder and homicide and violence.
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Disabled victim, merci killing, paternal filicide-suicide, schizoid personality disorder, spousal revenge, STRUCTURED CLINICAL INTERVIEW, SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS, CHILD HOMICIDE, INTERRATER RELIABILITY, DSM-IV, PREDATORY VIOLENCE, GENDER-DIFFERENCES, MATERNAL FILICIDE, SCID-II, PARENTS
journal title
JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY
J. Psychol.
volume
151
issue
1
pages
36 - 48
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Article
Web of Science id
000393878600004
ISSN
0022-3980
DOI
10.1080/00223980.2016.1211983
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English
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8506742
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8506742
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2017-02-02 08:43:32
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2017-05-04 12:56:49
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  author       = {Declercq, Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric and Meganck, Reitske and Audenaert, Kurt},
  issn         = {0022-3980},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {Disabled victim,merci killing,paternal filicide-suicide,schizoid personality disorder,spousal revenge,STRUCTURED CLINICAL INTERVIEW,SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS,CHILD HOMICIDE,INTERRATER RELIABILITY,DSM-IV,PREDATORY VIOLENCE,GENDER-DIFFERENCES,MATERNAL FILICIDE,SCID-II,PARENTS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {36--48},
  title        = {A case study of paternal filicide-suicide : personality disorder, motives, and victim choice},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00223980.2016.1211983},
  volume       = {151},
  year         = {2017},
}

Chicago
Declercq, Frédéric, Reitske Meganck, and Kurt Audenaert. 2017. “A Case Study of Paternal Filicide-suicide : Personality Disorder, Motives, and Victim Choice.” Journal of Psychology 151 (1): 36–48.
APA
Declercq, Frédéric, Meganck, R., & Audenaert, K. (2017). A case study of paternal filicide-suicide : personality disorder, motives, and victim choice. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, 151(1), 36–48.
Vancouver
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Declercq F, Meganck R, Audenaert K. A case study of paternal filicide-suicide : personality disorder, motives, and victim choice. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY. 2017;151(1):36–48.
MLA
Declercq, Frédéric, Reitske Meganck, and Kurt Audenaert. “A Case Study of Paternal Filicide-suicide : Personality Disorder, Motives, and Victim Choice.” JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 151.1 (2017): 36–48. Print.