A comprehensive typology for the biopsychosociocultural evaluation of child-killing behavior

J. Arturo Silva, Gregory B. Leong, Albana Dassori, Michelle M. Ferrari, Robert Weinstock, Joe Yamamoto

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Abstract

The homicide of children by their parents has been reported across numerous cultural settings around the world and in many historical periods. A comprehensive and systematic understanding of parental child killing can be optimally obtained through a biopsychosociocultural approach. In this article we present the case of a woman who committed neonaticide. We illustrate the cultural formulation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) and recommend that this formulation has a central role in the evaluation of cultural factors of parents who kill their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1112-1118
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1998

Keywords

  • Biopsychosociocultural model
  • Cultural formulation
  • Filicide
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Forensic science
  • Homicide
  • Infanticide
  • Neonaticide
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics

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