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Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologist's Casebook
     

Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologist's Casebook

by Geoffrey R. McKee
 

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ISBN-10: 0195182731

ISBN-13: 9780195182736

Pub. Date: 03/16/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Few crimes generate greater public reaction than those where a mother murders her child. We are repelled, yet mesmerized, by the emerging details of cases such as Andrea Yates and Susan Smith. Annually, hundreds of infants and young children perish at the hands of their mothers. How could a mother destroy the first and most fundamental relationship we

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Few crimes generate greater public reaction than those where a mother murders her child. We are repelled, yet mesmerized, by the emerging details of cases such as Andrea Yates and Susan Smith. Annually, hundreds of infants and young children perish at the hands of their mothers. How could a mother destroy the first and most fundamental relationship we experience?
In Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologist's Casebook, Geoffrey R. McKee, Ph.D. uses more than a dozen case studies from his 29-year forensic psychological evaluation practice to help us, and most importantly, prevent these horrific events from occurring. He applies current research findings to analyze, explain, and suggest practical interventions to alter the personal, familial, and situational circumstances that may influence some mothers to kill. With an emphasis on prevention, Dr. McKee sets out specific strategies that might have been employed at various "risk intervention points" occurring before the child's death.
Through the use of extended narratives the author brings to life the thoughts and emotions experienced by women in each of the five categories of mothers he has identified from his years of practice. Additionally, the author presents the Maternal Filicide Risk Matrix which he developed to help mental health and medical professionals determine the risk and protective factors that lead mothers to kill their children.
Students, as well as mental health and medical professionals will find this an important and unique resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195182736
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/16/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide research: What do we know?
3. Classification of maternal filicide: What do we know?
4. Risk analysis and the Maternal Filicide Risk Matrix
5. Prevention and Risk Intervention Points
6. Detached mother-Denial type: Cathy
7. Detached mother-Ambivalent type: Edna
8. Detached mother-Resentful type: Francine
9. Detached mother-Exhausted type: Glenda
10. Abusive/neglectful mother-Recurrent type: Harriet
11. Abusive/neglectful mother-Reactive type: Janet
12. Abusive/neglectful mother-Inadequate type: Kaye
13. Psychotic/depressed mother-Delusional type: Barbara
14. Psychotic/depressed mother-Impulsive type: Susan Smith
15. Psychotic/depressed mother-Suicidal type: Marilyn
16. Retaliatory mother: Olivia
17. Psychopathic mother-Financial type: Pauline
18. Psychopathic mother-Addicted type: Samantha
19. Psychopathic mother-Narcissistic type: Rhonda
20. Final thoughts: What have we learned and what do we need to do?
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