A systematic investigation of 16 cases of neonaticide.

  title={A systematic investigation of 16 cases of neonaticide.},
  author={Margaret G. Spinelli},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={158 5},
OBJECTIVE Neonaticide, or infant murder on the day of birth, is often preceded by denial of pregnancy. The preponderance of case reports of neonaticide describes a pattern of pregnancy denial, dissociation, and ego disorganization. The author systematically investigated the clinical characteristics of 16 women charged with homicide in the United States after alleged neonaticides. METHOD The women received a psychiatric evaluation and were administered the Dissociative Experiences SCALE… CONTINUE READING
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