Maternal infanticide associated with mental illness: prevention and the promise of saved lives.

@article{Spinelli2004MaternalIA,
  title={Maternal infanticide associated with mental illness: prevention and the promise of saved lives.},
  author={Margaret G. Spinelli},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  year={2004},
  volume={161 9},
  pages={
          1548-57
        }
}
  • M. Spinelli
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American journal of psychiatry
OBJECTIVE Although maternal infanticide is a rare event, a high proportion of cases occurs in the context of postpartum mental illness. The author reviews historical, legislative, and contemporary psychiatric perspectives on infanticide and discusses ways in which the psychiatric community can improve prevention of infanticide and promote appropriate treatment of mentally ill women who commit infanticide. METHOD The case of Texas v. Andrea Yates, involving a mother with mental illness who… 

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