Abuses and Distortions in Emotional Processes as Risk Factors for Parricide

Authors

  • Ignazio Grattagliano Section of Criminology, University “A. Moro” of Bari
  • Romy Greco Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Adjunct Professor of Social Psychology at the University LUMSA
  • Giancarlo Di Vella University of Turin
  • Grazia Maria Corbi University of Molise
  • Carlo Pietro Campobasso University of Molise
  • Maria Carolina Romanelli University “A. Moro” of Bari
  • Alessio Ostuni University “A. Moro” of Bari
  • Nicola Petruzzelli Juvenile Penal Institute "N. Fornelli” of Bari
  • Valeria Brunetti Psychologist
  • Rosalinda Cassibba University “A. Moro” of Bari

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-4409.2015.04.13

Keywords:

Parricide, abuses, emotions, violence, shame, anger

Abstract

Parricide is a rare case of murder having a strong emotional impact on public opinion, especially when it is heinous and perpetrated by minors. Based on the analysis of the judicial files archived at the Minor Penal Institute "N. Fornelli" of Bari, the authors will report three impressive cases perpetrated by minors, by focusing on their emotional features. Differences between the crimes of parricide committed by adults and minors will be highlighted, by analyzing the peculiar relations between the problems underlying parricide and the role played by abuses and maltreatments experienced by minors perpetrating such crime. In particular, attention will be paid to the emotional processes aroused in minor parricide offenders.

Author Biographies

Romy Greco, Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Adjunct Professor of Social Psychology at the University LUMSA

Faculty of Educational Sciences)

Giancarlo Di Vella, University of Turin

Institute of Legal Medicine

Grazia Maria Corbi, University of Molise

Department of Medicine and Health Science

Carlo Pietro Campobasso, University of Molise

Department of Medicine and Health Science

Rosalinda Cassibba, University “A. Moro” of Bari

Department of Educational Sciences, Psychology and Communication

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Published

2015-07-15

How to Cite

Grattagliano, I., Greco, R., Vella, G. D., Corbi, G. M., Campobasso, C. P., Romanelli, M. C., Ostuni, A., Petruzzelli, N., Brunetti, V., & Cassibba, R. (2015). Abuses and Distortions in Emotional Processes as Risk Factors for Parricide. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 4, 128–135. https://doi.org/10.6000/1929-4409.2015.04.13

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