By Cheryl L. Meyer
A particular type of horror is reserved for moms who kill their youngsters. instances corresponding to these of Susan Smith, who drowned her younger sons through riding her motor vehicle right into a lake, and Melissa Drexler, who disposed of her infant child in a restroom at her promenade, develop into media sensations. regrettably, as well as those high-profile instances, hundreds and hundreds of moms kill their childrens within the usa every year. The query customarily requested is, why? What might force a mom to kill her personal child?
Those who paintings with such instances, no matter if in medical psychology, social prone, legislations enforcement or academia, usually lack uncomplicated understandings concerning the kinds of conditions and styles which would result in those tragic deaths, and the social buildings of motherhood which could have an effect on women's activities. those moms often defy the myths and media exploitation of them as evil, insane, or missing ethical ideas, and they're no longer a homogenous team. In visible methods, intervention innovations may still fluctuate for who denies her being pregnant after which kills her baby and a mom who kills her children out of psychological disease or to extra a courting. A typology is required to assist us to appreciate the several circumstances that generally ensue and the styles they keep on with with the intention to make attainable more advantageous prevention plans.
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37 PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO UNDERSTAND WHY MOTHERS KILL THEIR CHILDREN Purposeful Filicide and the Mother Acted Alone This type was the most challenging of the entire typology. Originally we divided it into two types, purposeful ﬁlicide with and without mental illness. Initially, we thought that mental illness distinguished these women. For example, the women who were suffering from postpartum psychosis and killed their children because they perceived the child as the devil were clearly suffering from a mental illness.
Women, was presented by Oberman in 1996. Oberman’s classiﬁcation system was based on some unique premises. As she indicated, Many women who commit infanticide do so while suffering from an identiﬁable mental disability that renders them temporarily or permanently incapable of caring for themselves and/or their children without considerable outside assistance. It is critical to note at the outset that it is not the fact of mental illness or disability alone, but rather the combination of a vulnerable mental health status and social isolation that leads to infanticide.
32 Additionally, and perhaps most troubling, four of these women had previously committed, or attempted to commit, another neonaticide. Regarding the pregnancies that subsequently led to neonaticides, it is difﬁcult to discern how many women were under medical attention or had at least one prenatal examination by a physician. However, the number is likely to be close to zero given scant media accounts. 33 Thirty-six of the thirty-seven women in our sample were single— only one was reportedly married.