The meaning of murder: Family Members in the Lives of Juvenile Homicide Offenders

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    Abstract

    This article underscores the litany of problems that arise for significant others when a juvenile is convicted of murder. It focuses on how these individuals confront the precise nature of their child's criminality while simultaneously defending themselves against a series of attacks from a variety of intra- and extra-familial sources. A major conclusion of the article is that murderers' relatives disappear into an eternal vortex of guilt, shame and anger with little, if any, formal or informal support as a means to manage or recover from the debilitating stigma and strain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-103
    Number of pages19
    JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
    Volume61
    Issue number1
    Early online date29 Jul 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

    Keywords

    • significant others
    • juvenile homicide offenders
    • murder
    • criminal parental responsibility
    • prisoner support

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