Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologists Casebook by Geoffrey R. McKee

Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologists Casebook

byGeoffrey R. McKee

Hardcover | March 15, 2006

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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 amother 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 toanalyze, 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 helpmental 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.

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Geoffrey R. McKee is at University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

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Title:Why Mothers Kill: A Forensic Psychologists CasebookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195182731

ISBN - 13:9780195182736

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. 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 Matrix5. Prevention and Risk Intervention Points6. Detached mother-Denial type: Cathy7. Detached mother-Ambivalent type: Edna8. Detached mother-Resentful type: Francine9. Detached mother-Exhausted type: Glenda10. Abusive/neglectful mother-Recurrent type: Harriet11. Abusive/neglectful mother-Reactive type: Janet12. Abusive/neglectful mother-Inadequate type: Kaye13. Psychotic/depressed mother-Delusional type: Barbara14. Psychotic/depressed mother-Impulsive type: Susan Smith15. Psychotic/depressed mother-Suicidal type: Marilyn16. Retaliatory mother: Olivia17. Psychopathic mother-Financial type: Pauline18. Psychopathic mother-Addicted type: Samantha19. Psychopathic mother-Narcissistic type: Rhonda20. Final thoughts: What have we learned and what do we need to do?References

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"This book was both stimulating and insightful, as well as provides a clear account of the parameters to which he was working...I believe this book to be an invaluable resource. Indeed, I would advocate that each child protection team and social work department have access to a copy of thisbook in order to assist in the prevention of this type of crime."--Jim Dunn, Metropolitan Police Service, Child Abuse Investigation Training, UK