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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.32 - Supplement 2 No.2 October 2008. -

The goal of this study was identification of highly specific patterns of schizophrenia related domestic homicides by

comparing schizophrenic homicide offenders with related domestic homicide group of offenders diagnosed with other

psychiatric disorders. This study was based on the comparison of schizophrenic homicide group and other homicide

group of offenders on the basis of differences in psychosocial and sociodemographic patterns and the modality of crime.

The survey was conducted on mentally insane domestic homicide offenders diagnosed with schizophrenia n=44 and

second group of mentally insane offenders diagnosed with other psychiatric diagnosis n=43. All offenders were admitted

to Department of Forensic Psychiatry Neuropsychiatric Hospital »Dr. Ivan Barbot«, Popovaca, Croatia for psychiatric

evaluation. They have undergone psychological testing and psychiatric evaluation in order to make forensic expert

analyses of each case particularly. This study showed some specific characteristics in the cases of schizophrenic offenders;

they are more often commit parricides and siblicides, the victims are often males with their own physical strength.

Furthermore, schizophrenic offenders were indifferent upon killing their victim; they were less often provoked by a victim

itself and were sober tempore criminis. Moreover, in the same homicide group we found young, single offenders with high

school education, average intelligence and with positive psychiatric heredity. Finally, in the same group of offenders we

have found no history of military serving, less social developmental disruptions, less history of drug and alcohol abuse

during adolescence and adult age.

domestic homicide; schizophrenic offenders; mental insanity

Author: Dražen Kovačević - Tija Žarković Palijan - Sanja Radeljak - Marina Kovač - Tajana Ljubin Golub -



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