Behavioral Analysis of Maternal Filicide by Joy Lynn E. Shelton, Tia A. Hoffer, Yvonne E. Muirhead

By Joy Lynn E. Shelton, Tia A. Hoffer, Yvonne E. Muirhead

Maternal filicide has been mentioned within the clinical, psychological healthiness, and baby abuse fields, but little study exists with a felony justice/law enforcement viewpoint. however, felony justice execs liable for research and prosecution of those offenders frequently needs to focus on exact behavioral, social, and mental dynamics no longer thought of in lots of different forms of instances. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral research Unit (BAU) III – Crimes opposed to teenagers pointed out, amassed, and reviewed legislation enforcement case records within which a organic mom killed her child(ren). jointly, the instances contain 213 organic moms who killed 265 teenagers, and are created from neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide situations. info research printed that the offenders ranged in age from 12-46 years, and lots of have been single, unemployed, and had a background of violence. some of the sufferers have been 3 years of age or more youthful, didn't dwell with their organic fathers on the time in their deaths, and had a heritage of maltreatment in most cases perpetrated by way of their moms. moreover, conventional guns reminiscent of a firearm or knife have been used much less frequently in comparison to asphyxiants and blunt strength tools. The authors discover the tenets of lady violence, the mother-child dynamic and psychological issues, and tackle the complexities linked to investigating and prosecuting maternal filicide offenders. ​

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For example, a mother’s delay or absence of prenatal care may be the first indicator of their inattentiveness to their pregnancies and their ambivalence about becoming mothers. Previous studies have highlighted the correlation between failure to pursue prenatal care and future filicidal risk. Overpeck et al. (1998) found that mothers who never pursued medical care during their pregnancies were over 10 times more likely to commit filicide as those who began seeing their doctor before the second month of pregnancy.

Mothers with a personality disorder exhibit more anxious or dependent traits and often have poor self-esteem. This could result in the parent not attending to their child’s needs for stimulation or the promotion of a child’s confidence or self-esteem (Amin 2008). Their passive behavior may result in the parent’s overreliance on the child to take care of the parent’s needs. Those parents with more angry or paranoid characterological traits are often mistrustful of everyone and may project blame onto others, including the child, thereby preventing genuine closeness or intimacy.

Interactions with his/her child are influenced by the caregiver’s own “internal working model” of attachment (Bowlby 1969, 1982; Zeanah et al. 2011) and is impacted by how someone reacts to and/or resolves early experiences of loss, abuse, and/or trauma. Although attachment styles cannot determine any specific clinical diagnosis, a mother’s internal working model indicating an insecure attachment style with others, such as her children, can result in a mother exhibiting poor parenting skills or even abuse (Zeanah et al.

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