Serial Killers Case Study

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Throughout history, people have been fascinated by the topic of serial killers, primarily because one cannot understand why an individual would be willing to take multiple lives with no remorse. For many years investigators, sociologist, and criminologist have continuously researched these individuals. Current research on anti-social personality disorder and psychopathic behavior has led to information on serial killer’s biological development and environmental factors. There is very little information focusing on the killer’s child hood which may have played a part in the individuals violent killings later in life. This case study will focus on Jeffery Dahmer, while tracing his psychological dysfunction back to his
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The Federal bureau of investigations announced that serial killers are not just white males they come from all ages, race genders and socioeconomic statuses.
Over the years, there have been many studies conducted on child neglect and/ or abuse and its long-term effects on social, emotional, and physical development in children. It has been founded that children who witness violence in their homes have a likelihood of suffering from long-term emotional, physical and mental trauma. In an article “Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse” 2008 posted by the American psychological association stated that: “Children who had been psychologically abused suffered from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, symptoms of post-traumatic stress and suicidality at the same rate and, in some cases, at a greater rate than children who were physically or sexually abused. Among the three types of abuse, psychological maltreatment was most strongly associated with depression, general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, attachment problems and substance abuse. Psychological maltreatment that occurred alongside physical or sexual abuse was associated with significantly more severe and far-ranging negative outcomes than when children were sexually and physically abused and not psychologically abused, the study found. Moreover, sexual and physical abuse had to occur at
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