Family reaction to homicide

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1975 Apr;45(3):391-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1975.tb02550.x.


This pilot study identifies a two-phased syndrome experienced by families of homicide victims. The crisis phase consists of an acute grief process, including immediate reactions to the homicide, the funeral details, and police investigations. The long-term reorganization phase includes the psychological issues of bereavement and the socio-legal issues of the criminal justice process.

MeSH terms

  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Attitude*
  • Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Dreams
  • Family*
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Funeral Rites
  • Grief
  • Helping Behavior
  • Homicide*
  • Humans
  • Identification, Psychological
  • Jurisprudence
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services
  • Phobic Disorders / etiology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / etiology