Psychopathic femicide: The influence of psychopathy on intimate partner homicide
EntityUAM. Departamento de Psicología Biológica y de la Salud
10.1111/1556-4029.15038Journal of Forensic Sciences 67.4 (2022): 1579-1592
ISSN0022-1198 (print); 1556-4029 (online)
SubjectsFemicide; Intimate partner violence; Psychopathy; Psychopathy checklist-revised; Psicología
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High scores in psychopathy were associated with acts of violence, and the prevalence of this condition is greater among the prison population than among the general population. In terms of its relation to femicide, two studies, one carried out in Sweden and another in Spain with a prison population, found that psychopathy is an uncommon condition among perpetrators of femicide. This study analyzes 97 cases of femicide in the whole of Spain, in which it was possible to evaluate the degree of psychopathy of the perpetrators using the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R). The scores are analyzed not only directly, but also in terms of Factors and Facets. The results show an average in the total score of the PCL-R of 14.4, with only 13 subjects (13.4%) presenting scores of 25 or more, and just 3 (3.1%) of these presenting scores of 30 or higher. It was found that, in general, high scores in psychopathy are associated with shorter relationships and less time between the first complaint, the breakup, and the femicide. What is more, characteristics of the victims, such as addiction to toxic substances or economic dependency, also demonstrated a relationship to the scores of the perpetrators of femicide in the PCL-R. Lastly, it was found that the scores in the different dimensions of psychopathy are associated with different types of violence, whereby there was a noteworthy difference between the most explicit violence and control exercised over the partner
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Google Scholar:Santos Hermoso, Jorge - González Álvarez, José Luis - López Ossorio, Juan José - García Collantes, Ángel - Alcázar Córcoles, Miguel Ángel
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