The Psychology of Female Violence: Crimes Against the Body

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This book explores the nature and causes of female violence from the perspectives of psychodynamic theory and forensic psychology. This fully updated and expanded second edition explores developments in research and services for violent women. Recent high profile cases of female violence are discussed alongside clinical material and theory. New topics include: the Victoria Climbie Inquiry, the controversy related to the diagnosis of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, dangerous and severe personality disorder in women, and the impact of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites. New chapters address central clinical issues of working with women who kill and designing therapeutic services for women in secure mental health settings. Other major topics include: Women who sexually and physically abuse children, Infanticide, Fabricated and induced illness, Self Harm.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This sophisticated book is recommended to forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, and nurses working with women who have offended." - Susan Hatters Friedman, MD, Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

"This scholarly work by Anna Motz is a vital resource for all professionals dealing with violent women. It is a wonderful book and I am proud to be associated with it."- Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

"This deeply felt and well-researched book exposes the myths and challenges the rhetoric behind violent women. Its fascinating, sharply etched clinical portraits, richly embedded in their social and historical milieu, challenge us in a subtle and accessible manner. It offers an integrated approach to understanding and caring for a disadvantaged patient group. It should be read and reread." – Raymond Travers, The British Journal of Psychiatry (2009) 194, 379-384

"This short book is an excellent introduction to working with women in forensic settings, and also offers insights to more seasoned practitioners. […] I am certain that it is a book I will dip into whenever I am faced with a particularly complex and challenging female patient, and would definitely recommend to others, both as an introduction to working with women and as a reference." - Kajal Patel, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 2009

"This is an invaluable book not just for those working within forensic settings (although it is undoubtedly essential reading if you do) but would be of relevance to anyone interested in female expressions of violence more generally."Laura Pipon-Young, Clinical Psychology Forum 198, June 2009.

"Motz's boook goes a long way in developing a better understanding of female violence and will be beneficial in the optimal confinement and treatment of women who commit such acts". - Nicola Revington, Psychological Medicine, Volume 42, 2012

Reviews of the first edition:

"Motz has provided not only an outline of the complexity of each aspect of female violence, but also a full explanation of the means by which each of the professional agencies combine to ascertain diagnosis." - Tessa Adams, British Journal of Psychotherapy

"Learning about this material rather than simply feeling the emotional impact of it is one of the factors that will make this book essential reading for anybody who comes into contact with violent women." - Anne Aieyebusi, Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415126748
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with the Thames Valley Forensic Mental Health Services. She has extensive clinical experience with women as perpetrators and victims of violence and with the staff teams who work with them. She has written widely on this topic and is the Past President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to first edition Dr Estela Welldon xi Foreword Baroness Helena Kennedy QC xv Acknowledgements xvii Introduction 1 Part I Violence against children 17
1 The development of maternal abuse: female perversion 19
2 Female sexual abuse of children 35
3 Maternal physical abuse 71
4 Fabricated or induced illness 111
5 Infanticide 153 Part II Violence against the self 191
6 Deliberate self-harm 193
7 Anorexia nervosa 239 Part III Violence against others 269
8 Battered women who kill 271 Part IV Clinical applications 313
9 Working with women who kill 315
10 Hiding and being lost: the case for women-only secure units 329 Conclusion 345 Bibliography 353 Index 373
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