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J Forensic Sci. 1998 Nov;43(6):1112-8.

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

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National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, CA, USA.


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.

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