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battering parent syndrome

Syllabification: bat·ter·ing par·ent syn·drome

Definition of battering parent syndrome in English:

noun

The set of symptoms and signs indicating a psychological disorder in a parent or child-care provider resulting in a tendency toward repeated abuse of a child.
Example sentences
  • Our supreme court held that the "battering parent syndrome" raised by the prosecutor was outside the common knowledge of the jury and thus the prosecutor's argument was improper because it was unsupported by expert testimony.
  • Myers states that decisions rejecting the battering parent syndrome are correct.
  • The state cannot introduce evidence of battering parent syndrome.

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