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In this article, we explore the extant literature on parricide, the murder of a parent by a child. We discuss perpetrator characteristics, victim-perpetrator murder scenarios, family risk factors, and other research findings. The article touches on key factors, providing a baseline of information for those in the criminal justice system and mental health fields who may encounter cases of parricide. Learn more. View online or by PDF.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a set of pervasive, life-long conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. The consequences associated with prenatal alcohol exposure can contribute to a host of adverse outcomes that can impact behavioral, cognitive, educational, social, and vocational capacities. Deficits associated with FASD can lead to individual issues with decision-making, long-term planning and understanding, memory, suggestibility, confabulation, and vulnerability, all of which may predispose individuals with FASD to come into contact with the criminal justice system. Without proper recognition of the diagnosis, suspects, defendants, victims, and witnesses with FASD may experience a host of challenges and obstacles during several different points-of-contact in the criminal justice system (i.e., pretrial, trial, sentencing, and post-sentencing). Forensic Scholars Today (FST) recognizes the importance of educating students and professionals on the complexities and misconceptions of FASD.
– Jerrod Brown, Editor-in-Chief