A psychosocial analysis of child homicide

STROUD, JULIA (2008) A psychosocial analysis of child homicide Critical Social Policy, 28 (4). pp. 482-505. ISSN 0261-0183

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Abstract

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. Key words:

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: child death; child murder; filicide; infanticide
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/0261018308095281
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Psychosocial Studies
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5506

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