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Looking at the correlation between child abuse and serial killers

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Mitchell, H, Aamodt, M. The Incidence of Child Abuse in Serial Killers. Journal of Police andCriminal Psychology. v20i1. Retrieved from The Department of Psychology at Radford University on February 27, 2013. Looking at the
Correlation between
Child abuse and
Serial Killers Kayla Johnson -not all children who are abused will become serial killers
-there is a connection between child abuse and future violence in that individual
-there needs to be a change in how abused children are treated
-therapy needs to be introduced
-coping mechanisms
-victims tend to blame themselves for the abuse Reference Juvenile Serial Killers -they use the kills to release inner anger
-they tend to be unstable
-they are truly evil
-they take their past and relive it in the murder
-like to taunt police, like the attention the media gives them Articles 8/10 of my papers were about child abuse.
The other two were about Juvenille Serial killers and looking at how killers choose their victims Child Abuse -the article referring to child abuse found in serial killers found that 68% of the abuse was maltreatment, 50% was psychological abuse, 36% was physical abuse, 32% there was no abuse and 26% was sexual abuse.
-It also found that the 50 serial killers experienced more and more severe abuse then the general public
-another study looked at if abuse can cause personality disorders
-the study found that in those sexually abused anxiety disorders were more common as well as substance abuse
-one study that looked at long term effects of child sexual abuse found that those children as they age tended to experience depression, anger, and dysfunctional sexual behavior Serial Killers Looking at all the information Defining Abuse Why do Serial Killers Kill? Ted Bundy:
-no father
-believed his mother was his sister for the longest time...
-Already saw women has objects, and often had sexual fantasies
-Often spent time alone
-all his victims were female John Wayne Gacy (Killer Clown)
-His father was abusive towards his mom, his sibling and him
-He was physically, verbally and psychologically abused by his father
-He wanted to live up to his fathers expectations
-All of his victims where young boys; forensics psychologist believe it was his way of taking control of his abusive childhood. Aileen Wuornos:
- Was born and grew up with no father
-abandoned by her mother
-claimed to be sexually abused by her brother and grandfather
-became addicted to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol at an early age
-killed 7 men, claimed all attempted to rape her while working as a prostitute
-she shot and killed all of her victims repeatedly and hid them in the woods Physical abuse- causing or allowing any non-accidental physical injury
Sexual Abuse- any sexual activity, practice or instruction which either meets the criminal definition or is unhealthy for a child considering his/her age level of development
Neglect is the failing or refusing to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, emotional nurturing or health care. Also failing to provide adequate supervision in realtion to the childs age and level of development
Other- refers to forms of maltreatment not specifically fitting in the first three categories -one of my most interesting articles
-defined as killers whose first kill occurred before the age of 18
-primary juvenile serial killer
-maturing juvenile serial killer
-secondary juvenile serial killer MYTHS Wilson, H.W. Widom, C.S. (2009). A Prospective Examination of the Path from Child Abuse and Neglect to Illicit Drug Use in Middle Adulthood: The Potential Mediating Role of Four Risk Factors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. v38i3. p340(14). Retrieved from ProQuest Psychology Journals on March 2, 2013.

Bowen, K. (2000). Child Abuse and Domestic Violence in Families of Children Seen for Suspected Sexual Abuse. Clinical Pediatrics. v39i1. p33(7). Retrieved from ProQuest Psychology Journals on March 1, 2013.

Cohen, P. Brown, J. Smailes, E. (2001). Child Abuse and Neglect and the Development of Mental Disorders in the General Population. Development and Psychopathology. v13i4. Retrieved from ProQuest Psychology Journals on March 4, 2013. Van der Vegt, E.J. van der Ende, J. Ferdinand, R.F. Verhulst, F.C. Tiemeier, H. (2009). Early Childhood Adversities and Trajectories of Psychiatric Problems in Adoptees: Evidence for Long Lasting Effects. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. v37i2. p239(10). Retrieved from ProQuest Psychology Journals on March 1, 2013. Ulrich, H. M. (2007). Examining the Variability in the Long Term Adjustment of Child Sexual Abuse Victims. UMI Dissertations Publishing. Retrieved from ProQuest PsychologyJournals on March 5, 2013. Kirby, A. (2010). Juvenile Serial Killers: Descriptive Characteristics and Profiles. ProQuest Dissertation and Theses. Retrieved from ProQuest Criminal Justice on March 3, 2013.
Jensen, E. (2009). Profiling a Male Victim/Male Offender Crime Scene: Serial Murder versus Single Murder. ProQuest Dissertation and Theses. Retrieved from ProQuest Criminal Justice on March 3, 2013. Najman, J. Nguyen, M. Boyle, F. (2007). Sexual Abuse in Childhood and Physical and Mental Health in Adulthood: An Australian Population Study. Archives of Sexual Behavior. v36i5. P666(9). Retrieved from ProQuest Psychology Journals on March 1, 2013. Higgins, D. Mcabe, M. (1994). The Relationship of Child Sexual Abuse and Family Violence to Adult Adjustment: Toward and Integrated Risk-Sequelae Model. The Journal of Sex Research. v31i4. Retrieved from ProQuest Psychology Journals on March 3, 2013. Three Types of Serial Killers:
Organized
Disorganized
Mixed
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