AN ANALYSIS OF MALE AND FEMALE SUSPECTED OFFENDERS OF INTIMATE PARTNER HOMICIDE

The purpose of this study was to identify and compare the differences and similarities between male and female suspected offenders of intimate partner homicide (IPH). The California Vital Statistics and Homicide Data [CVSHD], 1990-1999 (Jason, 2002), was used for this study. The CVSHD contains data from victims of homicide in California from 1990 to 1999. The understanding of intimate partner violence and intimate partner homicide were explored using four different theoretical approaches. Consistent with previous research, the results of this study suggest that suspected offenders involved in the killing of an intimate partner are more likely to be male.

The purpose of this study was to identify and compare the differences and similarities between male and female suspected offenders of intimate partner homicide (IPH). The California Vital Statistics and Homicide Data [CVSHD], 1990-1999 (Jason, 2002), was used for this study. The CVSHD contains data from victims of homicide in California from 1990 to 1999. The understanding of intimate partner violence and intimate partner homicide were explored using four different theoretical approaches. Consistent with previous research, the results of this study suggest that suspected offenders involved in the killing of an intimate partner are more likely to be male. Continue reading “AN ANALYSIS OF MALE AND FEMALE SUSPECTED OFFENDERS OF INTIMATE PARTNER HOMICIDE”

What Makes a Good Therapist?

What makes a good therapist? This is the eternal question that many people ask, from the potential client to well-known therapists (i.e., Rogers). If we ask a group of mental health professionals this question, they may feel compelled to respond with a canned answer – “good listener, positive regard, empathy, etc.”. They may add that having a good understanding of a theory is what contributes to being a good therapist.

What makes a good therapist? This is the eternal question that many people ask, from the potential client to well-known therapists (i.e., Rogers). If we ask a group of mental health professionals this question, they may feel compelled to respond with a canned answer – “good listener, positive regard, empathy, etc.”. They may add that having a good understanding of a theory is what contributes to being a good therapist. Continue reading “What Makes a Good Therapist?”

Child Abuse Reporting: Is The Initial Report and the Follow Up Investigation The Same Thing?

As mandated reporters, clinicians must report allegations of child abuse to child protective services (CPS). If the clinician has been working with the client or clients for a significant period of time and developed a good client-therapist relationship, reporting is undoubtedly a stressful event. To complicate matters, when a mandated reporter is contacted by agencies other than CPS requesting additional information, the question is, has the assumed confidentiality been breached? Although regulations have been written to address such cases, in real practice, mental health professionals may find themselves in difficult situations where the path to proceed is unclear.

As mandated reporters, clinicians must report allegations of child abuse to child protective services (CPS).  If the clinician has been working with the client or clients for a significant period of time and developed a good client-therapist relationship, reporting is undoubtedly a stressful event.  To complicate matters, when a mandated reporter is contacted by agencies other than CPS requesting additional information, the question is, has the assumed confidentiality been breached?  Although regulations have been written to address such cases, in real practice, mental health professionals may find themselves in difficult situations where the path to proceed is unclear. Continue reading “Child Abuse Reporting: Is The Initial Report and the Follow Up Investigation The Same Thing?”

Age Differential and Marital Status between Partners as Risk Factors for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Having worked for several years in child protective services (CPS), I was often assigned to cases in which domestic violence played a central role and I was called to assess the potential risk to the children. Many of the cases involved relationships where the male partner was younger than the female partner, and the couple’s marital status was identified as boyfriend/girlfriend in most of those cases.

Having worked for several years in child protective services (CPS), I was often assigned to cases in which domestic violence played a central role and I was called to assess the potential risk to the children. Many of the cases involved relationships where the male partner was younger than the female partner, and the couple’s marital status was identified as boyfriend/girlfriend in most of those cases. Continue reading “Age Differential and Marital Status between Partners as Risk Factors for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse”

Pica Behaviors Among Developmentally Challenged Adults Living in Inpatient Settings

Pica, or the ingestion of inedible items, is a constant risk for some members of the developmentally disabled population. Within this population, two subsets of patients engaging in pica behaviors is evident: The severely to profoundly mentally retarded (lower functioning individuals), and the mildly to severely retarded with a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis (higher functioning individuals). This essay will present this writer’s personal observations of pica behavior during the course of 3+ years observing inpatient populations with developmental challenges. However, this writer has not employed formal research methodology to validate the hypotheses here to be offered.

Pica, or the ingestion of inedible items, is a constant risk for some members of the developmentally disabled population. Within this population, two subsets of patients engaging in pica behaviors is evident: The severely to profoundly mentally retarded (lower functioning individuals), and the mildly to severely retarded with a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis (higher functioning individuals).   This essay will present this writer’s personal observations of pica behavior during the course of 3+ years observing inpatient populations with developmental challenges. However, this writer has not employed formal research methodology to validate the hypotheses here to be offered. Continue reading “Pica Behaviors Among Developmentally Challenged Adults Living in Inpatient Settings”