DO YOU HAVE KILLER KIDS?
What makes a kid want to go off the deep-end and kill another person? We are seeing this more and more as we turn on the tv or open our papers. Here are some of the characteristics and warning signs to look out for:
- Though temperament can't alone indicate a problem, those kids who are easily angered,aggressive, withdrawn, insensitive to others,and impulsive
PROBLEMS IN SOCIALIZING
Under the guidance of loved ones, parents, and caretakers, children immolate those around them.
If there is a presence of violence in the home, that dictates if the kid is likely to be violent elsewhere.
The role models for the kids are uncommunicative and unstable, so the kids turn out t be the same way.
The child becomes a thrill seeker to replace the need for danger and excitement as he/she gets older
- Children who are abused and witness physical drama will likely reciprocate that violence onto others.
- If they had been sexually abuses, they will likely act out sexually or know inappropriate and non-age-appropriate subject matter.
- Trauma erodes their sense of safety.
There are three levels of behavior which should arouse concern. These are Early Warning Signs, General Warning Signs and those associated with Immediate Risk and Danger.
While rare in the general population, a history that combines fire starting, cruelty to animals and bed wetting has been linked with destructive, dangerous and violent behavior. Bed wetting alone is not significant. While there may not be a risk of violence when these three risk factors are present, the risk of future destructive behavior, violence or ongoing psychological and behavioral problems is very high.
Socially isolated, outcast or withdrawn. Feelings and behavior are easily influenced by peers. Victimized or treated badly by peers. Alcohol or other drug use. Dwelling on experiences of rejection, on injustices or unrealistic fears. Reacting to disappointments, criticisms or teasing with extreme and intense anger, blame or a desire for revenge. Increasing anger, aggression and destructive behavior. Associates with children known to be involved with morbid, destructive or violent behavior or fantasy. Preoccupation or interest in destructive or violent behavior. Has been cruel or violent towards pets or other animals. Fascination, interest or an obsession with weapons or potential weapons. Depicts violent or destructive behaviors in artistic or other creative expressions.
Plans for destructive behavior, possibly suicidal.
Assaulted another child or hurt him/herself or was hurt by someone else.
There may be an unidentified source or target of the violence.
Brought a weapon to school or innapropriate place.
Has access to lethal weapon.
Destructive,aggressive, or threatening gestures.
Children Who Kill
Common Last Thoughts About Violent and Homicidal Children
"He was such a nice guy, would do anything for you."
"He was very quiet, didn't give me any trouble"
"He was well respected around these parts"
For More Information and Help
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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- Oregon Counseling, Psychotherapy, Counseling, Therapy, Information, Education, Referral, Research
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