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Murder-suicide: A reaction to interpersonal crises


Haines, J and Williams, CL and Lester, D, Murder-suicide: A reaction to interpersonal crises, Forensic Science International: An International Journal Dedicated to The Applications of Science to The Administration of Justice, 202, (1-3) pp. 93-96. ISSN 0379-0738 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.04.036


The aim of this study was to examine the nature of homicide-suicides and determine the ways in which they differ from suicides without the perpetration of homicide in terms of their demographic characteristics, suicide, medical and psychiatric history, their psychological state leading up to the suicide, and their motives for their suicidal behavior. Cases of homicide-suicide from a 20-year period were extracted from the Coroner's inquest files and were matched to suicide-only cases on the basis of age and sex. The characteristics that predominantly distinguished the homicide-suicides were based on psychological state leading up to the act and motive for the act. It is proposed that homicide-suicides may be better understood within an expressive homicide framework. © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Haines, J (Dr Janet Haines)
UTAS Author:Williams, CL (Dr Christopher Williams)
ID Code:66040
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2010-12-16
Last Modified:2014-11-07

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