By Joy Lynn E. Shelton, Tia A. Hoffer, Yvonne E. Muirhead
Maternal filicide has been mentioned within the clinical, psychological wellbeing and fitness, and baby abuse fields, but little study exists with a felony justice/law enforcement standpoint. however, legal justice execs chargeable for research and prosecution of those offenders frequently needs to focus on distinct behavioral, social, and mental dynamics no longer thought of in lots of different varieties of circumstances. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral research Unit (BAU) III – Crimes opposed to little ones pointed out, accumulated, 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 young ones, and are produced from neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide instances. facts research printed that the offenders ranged in age from 12-46 years, and plenty of have been single, unemployed, and had a heritage of violence. the various sufferers have been 3 years of age or more youthful, didn't reside with their organic fathers on the time in their deaths, and had a heritage of maltreatment pretty much perpetrated via their moms. furthermore, conventional guns comparable to a firearm or knife have been used much less usually in comparison to asphyxiants and blunt strength tools. The authors discover the tenets of lady violence, the mother-child dynamic and psychological problems, and tackle the complexities linked to investigating and prosecuting maternal filicide offenders.
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20 The Mother–Child Dynamic lack assertiveness, exhibit tremendous distrust, and have a fear of rejection. In relationships, they are described as overly involved, emotional, dependent, and anxious. They typically have conflicts within their intimate relationships, and they may be overly clingy or completely unattached to their partner. Avoidant-fearful types often seek dominance in relationships, and express greater emotions, especially distress and fearfulness. One study found that 20 % of individuals who exhibited an avoidant-fearful attachment style were more violent, chose victims known to them, and were diagnosed with a personality disorder (van Ijzendoorn et al.
Avoidant-Dismissing A child with an avoidant-dismissing style typically has a positive view of self and a negative view of others, as well as a history of early rejection by a parental figure (Bartholomew and Horowitz 1991; George et al. 1985). They cope by distancing themselves from a parent or caretaker who was unavailable or regularly disappointed him/her. Mothers with a dismissing attachment style typically view their children as spoiled, negative, and insecure, and separate from their children quickly and easily.