Journal Published Online: 01 November 1998
Volume 43, Issue 6

A Comprehensive Typology for the Biopsychosociocultural Evaluation of Child-Killing Behavior



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.

Author Information

Silva, JA
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Clinical/Education Division, Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System, Menlo Park Division, Palo Alto, CA
Leong, GB
Ohio State University College of Medicine; and chief, Mental Health & Behavioral Science Service, Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Columbus, OH
Dassori, A
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Ferrari, MM
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Santa Clara, CA
Weinstock, R
West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Yamamoto, J
University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14371J