Year: 1976 Source: Journal of Forensic Science, v.21, no.1, (1976), p.76-82 SIEC No: 19840342

This paper describes a variety of homicides characterized by an element of reality in resorting to the killing of a parent. It deals with families marked by the presence of what is catastrophic conflict. This term denotes a conflict which exceeds the adaptive capacity of an individual and can be resolved only by structural changes in the structure of the subject (psychosis or suicide). Killing of the parent responsible for catastrophic conflict leads to resolution of this tragic dilemma.