Sex of Victims in Maternal Filicide

Sex of Victims in Maternal Filicide

Sex of Victims in Maternal Filicide

Sex of Victims in Maternal Filicides

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Référence bibliographique [3656]

Laporte, Line, Tzoumakis, Stacy, Marleau, Jacques D. et Allaire, Jean-François. 2005. «Sex of Victims in Maternal Filicide ». Psychological Reports, vol. 96, no 3 I, p. 637-643.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs

Intentions :
« In many societies, girls are more often killed by their parents than boys. However, not much of this is known in contemporary societies. » (p. 637)

Questions/Hypothèses :
« [...] Assess wether mothers kill their daughters or sons more frequently in contemporary societies.[...] Specify variables that differenciate the mothers of the male victims and the mothers of the female victims. » (p. 638)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
- « 20 texts from scientific databases Medline and PsycINFO » (p. 637);
- « [...] 42 women from the province of Québec (Canada) » (p. 637).

Type de traitement des données :
Revue de la littérature

3. Résumé

« The sex ratios resulting from analysis of the litterature review indicate the numbers of boys and of girls killed by their mothers are very similar. [...] A possible explanation for this could be that in contemporary industrial societies there is no longer a marked preference for a specific sex. » (p. 639) « That the numbers of victims were nearly split evenly between the sexes does not necessarily imply that girls and boys are killed for the same reasons or under the same circumstances. However, [...] no statistically significant differences between the groups were found. This could mean that killing one’s child might be an individual decision not necessarily motivated by the sex of the victim. » (p. 641)