"Path to Intended Violence" model to understand mass violence in the case of Elliot Rodger

Allely, CS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7640-9505 and Faccini, L 2017, '"Path to Intended Violence" model to understand mass violence in the case of Elliot Rodger' , Aggression and Violent Behavior, 37 , pp. 201-209.

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There have been many different conceptualizations regarding Elliot Rodger's clinical presentation including claims of him having Asperger's Syndrome (Duke, 2014), psychosis and psychopathy (Langman, 2014) and a description of him as an “injustice collector” (O'Toole, 2014). This article proposes that Elliot Rodger's Narcissistic rage and its overlap with the Path of Intended Violence accounted for his attack in May 2014. Essentially, his narcissistic rage (that encompassed his sense of injustice and need for revenge) propelled him onto the Path to Intended Violence. Upon review of the literature and careful analysis of Mr. Rodger's case, we conclude that while these factors are likely more explanatory than factors related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with regards to his mass violence, ASD may still have been a contributory factor. Specifically, not only could narcissistic rage and progression on the Path to Intended Violence account for his attack in 2014 but the strongly indicated existence of Asperger's syndrome or high-functioning ASD also contributed to his difficulties and frustrations that he experienced. This paper highlights the clinical importance of identifying the risk factors or indicators in individuals who are on the Path to Intended Violence in order to inform the development and implementation of appropriate and timely preventative strategies.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Aggression and Violent Behavior
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1359-1789
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Depositing User: CS Allely
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2017 09:09
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 22:28
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/43850

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