Maternal filicide: a reformulation of factors relevant to risk
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2006
Copyright © 2000 Whurr Publishers Ltd.
Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health
Volume 10, Issue 2, pages 136–147, June 2000
How to Cite
Simpson, A. I.F. and Stanton, J. (2000), Maternal filicide: a reformulation of factors relevant to risk. Criminal Behav. Ment. Health, 10: 136–147. doi: 10.1002/cbm.351
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2006
The current classifications of maternal filicide have relied on categorizations based on the immediate antecedents or motivations to the impulse to kill. The most useful outcome of these approaches has been to identify that the neonaticide group differ in terms of their age, demography, relationship profile and motivation from other maternal filicide perpetrators. The remaining groups are diverse and overlapping.
Five case summaries are presented which demonstrate the interaction of a number of factors noted in the literature as separate categories of filicide.
Mental illness, vulnerability factors, social isolation, and difficulty in forming successful relationships emerged as common themes.
It is postulated that only by examining a range of factors including mental state, relationship factors and the impact of developmental experience can a more useful understanding be developed that has clinical relevance and may be of value in risk assessment. Copyright © 2000 Whurr Publishers Ltd.