Filicide: A comparison by sex and presence or absence of self-destructive behavior

Filicide: A comparison by sex and presence or absence of self-destructive behavior

Filicide: A comparison by sex and presence or absence of self-destructive behavior

Filicide: A comparison by sex and presence or absence of self-destructive behaviors

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Référence bibliographique [2432]

Léveillée, Suzanne, Marleau, Jacques D. et Dubé, Myriam. 2007. «Filicide: A comparison by sex and presence or absence of self-destructive behavior ». Journal of Family Violence, vol. 22, no 5, p. 287-295.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The purpose of this study was to identify sociodemographic, contextual, situational, and individual variables, as well as certain behavioral warning signs, associated with filicide as a function of sex of the aggressors and the presence or absence of self-destructive behaviours. » (p. 287)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« The sample included 39 women and 36 men. » (p. 289)

Instruments :
« With the help of an instrument created for the purpose of this thesis, many data were collected, including those regarding sociodemographic, contextual, situational, individual characteristics, and indices of behavioural warning signs. » (p. 289)

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


« Filicide is the homicide of one or more children by either or both parents (Resnick 1969). [...] From January 1, 1986 to March 31, 1994, 75 filicidal parent killed one or more children under the age of 18 years in the province of Quebec. » (p. 287) « The data cover all officially registered filicides committed in Quebec [in that period of time], against youths under the age of 18 years. For the group of individuals who have self-destructive behaviours, results indicate that men compared to women are more likely to commit spousal homicide, to kill a higher number of victims, to be going through a conjugal separation, to have committed conjugal violence, to have threatened suicide, and to have threatened to kill their spouse. For the group of individuals who commit no selfdestructive acts, women are more likely to present with a depressive disorder, whereas men are more likely to maltreated their children. Men who do not commit a self-destructive act are characterized by a significantly higher likelihood of maltreatment against their children and of tyrannical discipline, whereas men who commit a self-destructive act perpetrate filicide as a means of reprisal against their spouse. Results underscore the importance of considering the different groups of individuals who commit filicide as a function of sex as well as presence or absence of self-destructive behaviour. » (p. 289)