Definition of battering parent syndrome in US English:

battering parent syndrome


  • 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.

    • ‘Myers states that decisions rejecting the battering parent syndrome are correct.’
    • ‘The state cannot introduce evidence of battering parent syndrome.’
    • ‘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.’