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Although the death of a child is without doubt one of the most distressing events imaginable, when it occurs in suspicious circumstances, such as at the hand of a parent or close family member, its effects are often more acute and incomprehensible. This paper presents an exploratory study comparing the cognitive and emotional stressors experienced by police when investigating child and adult homicides. The results of an online survey questionnaire with 99 experienced UK police investigators are presented, with key differences found in the cognitive and emotional stress experienced depending on whether the victim is a child or an adult, key differences and similarities identified in the ways investigators deal and cope with adult and child homicide cases, with a tentative discussion of the implications for the well-being and training of police investigators provided.
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- Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences - Professor
- School of Human and Health Sciences
- Applied Criminology and Policing Centre - Director
- Behavioural Research Centre - Associate Member
- Secure Societies Institute - Director
- Centre for Biomimetic Societal Futures
- 1 Invited talk
Dealing with the unthinkable. Cognitive and emotional effects of child homicide investigation on police investigators.
Jason Roach (Speaker)21 Mar 2018
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk