Child Murder by Depressed Parents*

@article{Rodenburg1971ChildMB,
  title={Child Murder by Depressed Parents*},
  author={Martin Rodenburg},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry},
  year={1971},
  volume={16},
  pages={41 - 48}
}
  • M. Rodenburg
  • Published 1 February 1971
  • Medicine
  • The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Although it is common practice to try to assess the risk of suicide in depressed patients the possibility of homicidal tendencies is often overlooked. Homicidal acts are frequently directed towards children by either parents or strangers and there is also a risk that children may be killed by parents suffering from severe depressive illness. It is proposed that early recognition might lead to the prevention of this type of crime. The terms infanticide, filicide, and neonaticide are used… Expand

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