Hvad skaber en seriemorder? - En undersøgelse af Jeffrey Dahmer

Nanna Lønstrup Lindegaard, Amanda Stina Frimann Olsen & Nanna Christiansen

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This study examines the construction of a serial killer, with emphasis on which psychological causes may be contributing to Jeffrey Dahmer’s murderous acts. Dahmer is an American serial killer, necrophile and cannibal who murdered 17 men in the period between 1989 and 1991. The paper aims to answer personality, developmental and social psychological aspects of Dahmer. Furthermore this paper depend on a psychoanalytic approach.
The study originates from the television interview Confessions of a Serial Killer (1994), including Jeffrey Dahmer and both of his parents, and provides subjective insight into Dahmer’s childhood, the relationship between his parents and the urge to committing serial homicide. Thus, the study tries to find answers through the existing qualitative interview as method, which is examined by a philosophical hermeneutics approach. Through our preconceptions, we seek to learn and create knowledge regarding the psychological factors, which may cause an individual [Dahmer] to commit serial homicide.
Furthermore, the study is based on psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson, professor in psychology, Hans Jürgen Eysenck, doctor and child psychiatrist John Bowlby, professor and philosopher Axel Honneth and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.
The acts of Dahmer’s serial homicide including cannibalism and necrophilia gave him a joy and a relief from a reality of lack of control, social isolation and emptiness. Dahmer's actions are a result of sociocultural circumstances that have caused a defect in his personality development.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato24 maj 2019
Antal sider80
VejledereHanne Themsen


  • udviklingspsykologi
  • psykodynamisk
  • seriemorder
  • Jeffrey Dahmer
  • personlighedspsykologi
  • ondskab