Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 321–325 | Cite as

Comparison of Factors Associated with Parricide in Adults and Adolescents

  • Jacques D. MarleauEmail author
  • Nathalie Auclair
  • Frédéric Millaud
Original Article


Despite high revalence rates of intimate partner violence in the lives of extremely poor women with depenent children, few studies have investigated the patterns of violence that occur over time, and the characteristics of women that serve as risk markers for partner violence. This study compared 43 adult parricides and 12 adolescent parricides. Several statistically significant differences were observed. Adults suffer from severe mental disorders, have a history of violent behavior and psychiatric antecedents, and are more likely to threaten their parents. Less predictable in their acting out, adolescents present several profiles as a function of victims’ sex, number of victims, diagnostic elements, and being witness to or victim of intrafamilial violence. Results suggest different approaches should be used to understand the dynamics and course of these two groups.


Parricide Adolescents Adults Intrafamilial violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques D. Marleau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nathalie Auclair
    • 2
  • Frédéric Millaud
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre de recherche de l’Institut Philippe Pinel de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Institut Philippe Pinel de MontréalMontréalCanada

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