Child death: an introduction to a psychosocial analysis of child homicide

Stroud, Julia (2010) Child death: an introduction to a psychosocial analysis of child homicide Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 1 (1). pp. 8-10. ISSN 1759-6599

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Child homicide has been a key influence on childcare policy and practice over the last three decades, with a particular focus on the assessment, management and monitoring of situations where children are at risk and on associated inter-agency working. A psychosocial analysis of the pre-offence experiences of 68 adults (mostly parents or carers) who killed or attempted to kill a child identified complex, intricate and heterogeneous processes in respect of their interpersonal relationships, stress and mental health and the relationship of these factors to the offence. These findings indicate that the current policy and practice focus upon procedures and performance in safeguarding children may not address successfully the complex needs of those adults who may pose a risk to children. It is suggested that appropriate therapeutic services should be more readily available.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 15:00

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