Letter to the Editor—A Preliminary Investigation of Siblicide as a Function of Genetic Relatedness

  title={Letter to the Editor—A Preliminary Investigation of Siblicide as a Function of Genetic Relatedness},
  author={Daniel P. Russell and Todd K. Shackelford and Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford and Richard L. Michalski},
  journal={Journal of Forensic Sciences},
Sir: Siblicide—the killing of one sibling by another—is rare relative to other types of homicide. Underwood and Patch (1) reported that of 65,390 homicides coded in the Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHRs) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the years 1993 through 1995, only 572 (0.9%) were cases in which the offender and victim were siblings. Even if including only intrafamilial homicides, siblicide is infrequent, with just 996 of 13,105 (7.6%) coded as sibling homicides in the… 

The Evolutionary Psychology of Sibling Conflict and Siblicide

Conflict between siblings is common, not only in humans, but also in a wide variety of other species. It is also an unsurprising phenomenon, as offspring compete for dominance as well as food

Siblicide and Genetic Relatedness in Chicago, 1870-1930

Using a sample of siblicides committed in Chicago from 1870 through 1930, the authors tested two predictions heuristically guided by an evolutionary perspective. They predicted a greater proportion

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  • J. Archer
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  • 2013
The article's aim is to evaluate the application of the evolutionary principles of kin selection, reproductive value, and resource holding power to the understanding of family violence and concludes that most of the evidence is consistent with evolutionary predictions derived from kin selection and reproductive value.

Siblicide: The Psychology of Sibling Homicide

  • I. RelvaRoxanne Khan
  • Psychology
    Handbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan
  • 2020
Siblicide has been overlooked in both the family violence literature and homicide studies. This is unsurprising as sibling abuse research in general has remained on the periphery until recently, and

Juvenile Involvement in Fratricide and Sororicide: An Empirical Analysis of 32 Years of U.S. Arrest Data

Despite the interest in juvenile homicide offenders, few studies have systematically examined their involvement in incidents involving specific victims. This study focused on one victim type, the

Psychologiczne i społeczne konsekwencje ewolucyjnego konfl iktu rodzice-potomstwo Psychological and social consequences of evolutionary

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An analysis of the Canadian data suggests that the rate of siblicide is unaffected by the age difference between siblings, and the substance of lethal sibling conflicts is discussed in the light of these results, case descriptions, and literature on nonlethal sibling conflict.

Siblicide A Descriptive Analysis of Sibling Homicide

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A Contextual Exploration of Siblicide

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An exploratory analysis of the contexts and circumstances of filicide‐suicide in Chicago, 1965–1994

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Methods of filicide: stepparents and genetic parents kill differently.

Using a United States national-level database of over 400,000 homicides, results replicate those of Daly and Wilson (1994) for genetic fathers and stepfathers and identified similar differences in the methods by which stepmothers and genetic mothers committed filicide.

Evolutionary psychology.

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  • 1999
Altruism is difficult to explain evolutionarily if subtle cheaters exist in a population (Trivers, 1971). A pathway to the evolutionary maintenance of cooperation is nonverbal altruist-detection. One

Family violence.

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Battered Women Who Were “Being Killed and Survived It”: Straight Talk From Survivors

  • K. Farr
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    Violence and Victims
  • 2002
Findings from police reports and interviews with women who have survived an attempted domestic homicide revealed patterns in their experiences and sources of distress that led them to become convinced that they must rely on their “inner strength” to get on with their lives.

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