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Filicide: a comparative study of maternal versus paternal child homicide.

Authors
  • Liem, Marieke
  • Koenraadt, Frans
Type
Published Article
Journal
Criminal behaviour and mental health : CBMH
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
18
Issue
3
Pages
166–176
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/cbm.695
PMID: 18618528
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Seventy-nine men and 82 women were detained in the hospital under criminal charges in that period, having killed (132) or attempted to kill (29) their own child(ren). Differences between men and women were found with regard to age, methods of killing and motivation underlying the filicide. Conclusions The categories of filicide identified corresponded to those in studies from other countries, indicating that filicide follows similar patterns throughout the Western world. The fact that 25% of fathers had killed in reaction to threatened separation or divorce, and that over a third of men and more than half of the women were mentally ill at the time may suggest that increased monitoring by primary care physicians under such circumstances might have preventive value.

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